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Drivers License with I-751 NOA and Expired GC

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Yesterday, I drove the wife down to the DMV office in Locust Grove, Georgia ... about 30 miles south of Atlanta. My theory was that further away from the city chaos was better and this proved to be correct.

DMV opened at 730A and we arrived about 845AM to find Literally No One parked in the lot! Actually I thought it was closed or some sort of DMV holiday becasue the place was so empty!

We walked right in and up to the counter and I was fully prepared for the "nightmare experience" as posted on VJ by other Atlantans!!!

But hold-on .......

We came with the wife's expired GC, NOA for 1-year Extension, Soc Security Card, Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate, International Passport, Certified English Translation and Original Birth Certificate and a few additional thousand documents.

The man who greeted us glanced over the forms we presented, said ... "All looks good to me!," and sent us onto the written testing area. Unfortunately, there was only 1 DMV Counterperson working the entire place and we were #3 in que. After about a 30 min wait our number was called and we went over to the main counter.

My wife had her "eye test" and then asked if she could take the law test in Russian Language. Low and behold they popped-out a book with a written exam in Russian! She had to complete a paper test (multiple choice / circle the correct answer) rather than take the standard computer generated test.... so what! SHE PASSED! Then she had to go back to the counter where they set her up with a computer to take the "road sign test" in English. AGAIN SHE PASSED! Driving Test was a piece o' cake and suddenly she was done! Had per photo taken, paid her money and went out the door - on her merry way- with license in hand. Validity only until expiration of her I-751 adjudication (1 year) but her license can be renewed/extended wtih no problem.

Very pleasant experience, no hassles, no supervisor intervention required and all is well with the world.

Until the 10-year GC comes .......


Timeline

01-30-06 2-Year Green Card Approved

02-11-06 2-Year Green Card Arrival

11-05-07 I-751 Petition MAILED To TSC

11-08-07 I-751 Petition RECEIVED At TSC

11-26-07 I-751 Petition Transferred to CSC and Check Cashed

12-01-07 NOA For 1-Year Extention RECEIVED from CSC

12-17-07 Biometrics Letter Received / Scheduled for 1/8/08

01-08-08 Biometrics Completed At ASC

01-08-08 Touched

01-09-08 Touched

03-26-08 10-Year GC APPROVED!!!! HOORAY!!!

04-03-08 10-Year GC ARRIVES! GC Journey Over For Another 10-Years~On To Citizenship

N-400 Application

10-15-2009 Application Filed

10-16-2009 Application Received / Lewisville, TX

10-21-2009 NOA I-797 Receipt for Application

11-10-2009 Electronic Notice of RFE For Biometrics

11-12-2009 Biometrics Letter Received

12-04-2009 Biometrics

12-17-2009 Notice That File Has Been Transferred To Local Office For Standard Interview

01-19-2010 Interview - PASSED! HOORAY!

01-20-2010 Oath for NEW U.S. Citizen! FINISHED AND DONE!

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congrats well done!!!!!!!!!

btw do you know how i can find out about driving license for alabama


Sal and Jay




K1 - Complete
AOS - Complete
EAD - Complete
AP - Complete
ROC - Complete

N400-Complete

I am a United States citizen!

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Thanks Sappy!

Look on line for Alabama dept of motor vehicle!

congrats well done!!!!!!!!!

btw do you know how i can find out about driving license for alabama


Timeline

01-30-06 2-Year Green Card Approved

02-11-06 2-Year Green Card Arrival

11-05-07 I-751 Petition MAILED To TSC

11-08-07 I-751 Petition RECEIVED At TSC

11-26-07 I-751 Petition Transferred to CSC and Check Cashed

12-01-07 NOA For 1-Year Extention RECEIVED from CSC

12-17-07 Biometrics Letter Received / Scheduled for 1/8/08

01-08-08 Biometrics Completed At ASC

01-08-08 Touched

01-09-08 Touched

03-26-08 10-Year GC APPROVED!!!! HOORAY!!!

04-03-08 10-Year GC ARRIVES! GC Journey Over For Another 10-Years~On To Citizenship

N-400 Application

10-15-2009 Application Filed

10-16-2009 Application Received / Lewisville, TX

10-21-2009 NOA I-797 Receipt for Application

11-10-2009 Electronic Notice of RFE For Biometrics

11-12-2009 Biometrics Letter Received

12-04-2009 Biometrics

12-17-2009 Notice That File Has Been Transferred To Local Office For Standard Interview

01-19-2010 Interview - PASSED! HOORAY!

01-20-2010 Oath for NEW U.S. Citizen! FINISHED AND DONE!

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I guess you went on good day :thumbs:

I hope I have that kinda luck in Fulton County. I 'm having hell just trying to get my registration

changed over from another state. First, the DMV failed to tell me the tag agency (another location) wasn't open on the weekend... :wacko:

You have to pay at least $2hr to park cuz you can't park anywhere for free downtown. Walk 4 blocks to wait in line at security then again in the office. I had every piece of paper available but I forgot my "original registation". I hope the third times a charm.

Anyways, Congratulations.


I-130

07/29/2007---began process

01/24/2008---I-130 APPROVED (email)

I-129F

11/2007-------sent I-129F - VSC

02/17/2008---touched (at Vermont)

...I'm CR1 now--IV bill shows CR1--oh well

NVC

02/12/2007---at NVC

02/25/2008---received DS-3032 and AOS bill

03/10/2008---received IV Bill ($400!!)

03/24/2008---mailed DS2032

10/10/2008---approved at NVC

11/06/2008---interview (more evidence)

02/17/2009---2nd interview- PASSED!!!!!

04/01/2009---He finally landed on US soil. (no joke)

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Well that is good news! I am facing the same situation later this Spring. I was planning to go to the Forest Park/Riverdale area office where I got my license the first time but it is good to know that if I have problems there I can just head a little bit south to Locust Grove and get my license renewed there! It is only about 10 miles down the road from me. Thanks! (It may not be as crowded as the Forest Park office - that appears to be an all day wait the last 2 times I was there).


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Great news Richard! I hope Anna will have "fun" driving around in Atlanta traffic.

I've found that Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually the "best" days to go and transact with government offices. In fact, we got my 16 year old's provisional DL last Tuesday and we were only there for less than an hour (including the time spent on the actual road driving test).


08/17/08: Mailed N400 to TSC

08/19/08: USPS attempted delivery

08/20/08: TSC received N400

08/21/08: TSC cashed check

09/02/08: Received NOA...........Priority date: 08/20/08

..............................................Notice date : 08/22/08

09/02/08: Received Biometrics Notification

09/18/08: Biometrics completed - Charlotte DO

10/24/08: Received Interview Letter

12/08/08: Interview @ 1:00pm. APPROVED!

01/05/09: Oath Ceremony 10:00AM. Now officially a USC!!!

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01/17/09: Applied for US Passport and passport card

01/28/09: Received US Passport

01/29/09: Received US passport card

01/29/09: Received naturalization certificate back from passport office

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I was browsing through the Virginia DMV requirements for proof of residency and found that they will accept an un-expired Conditional Green Card, and will accept an expired Permanent Green Card. They make a distinction between these two versions of Residency card. I guess the theory is that Conditional GC holders may be deported. :)

I was worried that we might have trouble identifying my wife when we apply for a US passport for our toddler son, but it turns out for a passport they will accept my wife's Thailand passport as her identification. I thought maybe they would require an unexpired Green Card, which she no longer has while waiting for her first 10-year card. But I suppose there are instances where an alien spouse gives birth to a child while visiting on a tourist or student visa, etc.

So what I would generally recommend to everyone is to try to get a driver's license while the 2-year Conditional Green Card is still valid. Ideally, you get this done while the card is still valid and you have the one-year I-797 extension notice. Or, if you already have a license using a 2-year card, you go to DMV and get it extended for one more year when you get the I-797 and while your Conditional card is still unexpired.

If you wait until your Conditional card is already expired, some state DMVs may not accept it as proof of valid residency.

kenk3z

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I was browsing through the Virginia DMV requirements for proof of residency and found that they will accept an un-expired Conditional Green Card, and will accept an expired Permanent Green Card. They make a distinction between these two versions of Residency card. I guess the theory is that Conditional GC holders may be deported. :)

I was worried that we might have trouble identifying my wife when we apply for a US passport for our toddler son, but it turns out for a passport they will accept my wife's Thailand passport as her identification. I thought maybe they would require an unexpired Green Card, which she no longer has while waiting for her first 10-year card. But I suppose there are instances where an alien spouse gives birth to a child while visiting on a tourist or student visa, etc.

So what I would generally recommend to everyone is to try to get a driver's license while the 2-year Conditional Green Card is still valid. Ideally, you get this done while the card is still valid and you have the one-year I-797 extension notice. Or, if you already have a license using a 2-year card, you go to DMV and get it extended for one more year when you get the I-797 and while your Conditional card is still unexpired.

If you wait until your Conditional card is already expired, some state DMVs may not accept it as proof of valid residency.

kenk3z

That's exactly what happened to me. Exipred 2yr GC and D/L, and DMV refused to renew my D/L without proof of residence. All I had to do is make an appointment online with Infopass. Go to my local immigration office and get my international passport stamped for a 1-yr-extension. DMV approved stamp and renewd my D/L.

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I took my husband to the Conyers, GA Driver's License station to renew his DL. It had expired on August 29th, 2009 along with his green card, but we received the Notice of Extension to his green card on Sept. 4th, 2009.

I just have to say that while I was prepared for the worst, we got the BEST. The guy at the first desk knew exactly what we needed (NOA, expired green card, expired license); we were sent with the form to fill out and a number; our number was called before we sat down; once the form was complete the lady at station number 1 took our stuff and looked it over. No problem. We were sent to the guy who takes the photo, paid and had the new license in less than 5 minutes. Smiles and 'have a good day' all around. Total time: 15 minutes. There was almost no one in there with us and at least 20 workers, which surprised me for a lunch time during Labor day week.

So go to Conyers--they clearly deal with immigrants far more often then other offices, plus they were all very polite and business-like, but also nice about it all.

We are happily road legal again.

Barry (Wales) and Sally

Edited by Selry

The timeline so far...

9.11.06 Sent I-129f to Texas Service Center

9.25.06 NOA1 via cancelled check

12.13.06 packet sent to London embassy

01.13.07 Received packet 3

02.07.07 RECEIVED PACKET 4!!!! Appointment set (man, that was FAST!)

02.23.07 Medical appt. set in London (SUCCESS, it was Easy-peasy!!)

03.06.07 Embassy appointment. Go Team!

03.07.07 Visa Granted

03.09.07 Visa received from Courier

04.26.07 Barry enters US through JFK, receives EAD stamp (yippee!)

05.20.07 We are married!

06.06.07 Send in AOS packet...now the wait begins...

06.12.07 NOA for AOS, EAD, AP

06.20.07 Received email "EAD card production ordered". Yippee!!

07.01.07 EAD card arrives in the mail, good for one full year.

08.29.07 Received CRIS email saying "Perm. Res. Card production ordered"

08.29.07 Barry gets his Georgia Drivers License (what a pain!)

08.30.07 CRIS Email saying "last processing on this case...welcome letter sent", Woo hoo!!!

8.25.09 Sent I751 to Vermont

8.31.09 NOA receipt

10.03.09 Biometrics

12.24.09 Received letter that said Barry's status was revoked due to not applying for I751 on time (WHAT!!!!???)

1.14.10 Re-sent all previous packet info plus letter asking someone to PAY ATTENTION!

2.25.10 rec'd email NOA lifting conditions approved

2.24.10 Rec'd email "Green Card production ordered

3.2.10 rec'd NOA in the mail

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Thanks for this advice! We went today to VA DMV with soon-to-expire license, soon-to-expire conditional GC, and I-797 1-year extension letter. We didn't need anything else (they didn't ask to see SS card, bank statements, . . . anything!) Glad we didn't have to make an infopass appointment. :D I've had enough of waiting in government offices for awhile. :whistle:

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I was worried that we might have trouble identifying my wife when we apply for a US passport for our toddler son, but it turns out for a passport they will accept my wife's Thailand passport as her identification. I thought maybe they would require an unexpired Green Card, which she no longer has while waiting for her first 10-year card. But I suppose there are instances where an alien spouse gives birth to a child while visiting on a tourist or student visa, etc.

So what I would generally recommend to everyone is to try to get a driver's license while the 2-year Conditional Green Card is still valid. Ideally, you get this done while the card is still valid and you have the one-year I-797 extension notice. Or, if you already have a license using a 2-year card, you go to DMV and get it extended for one more year when you get the I-797 and while your Conditional card is still unexpired.

If you wait until your Conditional card is already expired, some state DMVs may not accept it as proof of valid residency.

kenk3z<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

That's exactly what happened to me. Exipred 2yr GC and D/L, and DMV refused to renew my D/L without proof of residence. All I had to do is make an appointment online with Infopass. Go to my local immigration office and get my international passport stamped for a 1-yr-extension. DMV approved stamp and renewd my D/L.


Marriage: 09-22-2007

Conditional Residence

I-130 Sent: 10-10-2007

I-130 Approved: 06-03-2008 (236 days from VSC receipt to approval)

Case Complete at NVC: 07-30-2008 (52 days from NVC receipt to approval)

Consulate Interview date: 09-24-2008

POE Miami: 10-04-2008

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Sent: 07-08-2010

NOA1 Date: 07-12-2010

Biometrics Appt.: 09-01-2010 (Early Bio 08-13-2010)

Approved: 11-03-2010 (114 days from VSC receipt to approval)

GC Rec'd: 11-06-2010

Citizenship

N-400 Sent: 07-08-2011

Confirmation Text Message: 07-14-2011

NOA Priority Date: 07-12-2011

Biometrics Letter Rec'd: 08-01-2011

Biometrics Appt.: 08-19-2011 (Early Bio 08-12-2011)

"Placed in Line" Email and Touched: 08-16-2011

"Interview Scheduled" Email and Touched: 12-23-2011

Rec'd Interview Letter: 12-27-2011

Interview Passed: 01-30-2012

Email from Senator's Office Stating Application Was Approved: 06-18-2012

"Oath Scheduling Que" Email and Touched: 07-03-2012

Given Oath Date at InfoPass Appt. and Touched: 08-28-2012

Rec'd Oath Date Letter in Mail: 09-01-2012

Oath Date: 09-27-2012

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