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Jumping way ahead but it says that (in Massachusetts at least) I need a medical certificate/examination in order to get a marriage license, along with SSN and valid ID. This is for both of us which means my fiancee (USC) will have to have a medical exam? Obviously I have ID... my questions are

1- Will they accept my immigration medical exam in London or do I have to have another one?

2- How long does it take to get a SSN? I want to start driving lessons as well so this one is important..

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Your fiancé could call and find out if your medical from London would suffice.

It takes about seven to ten days after you file for your SSN to actually get the card in hand. Do check with the DMV in the county where you will reside to find out exactly what you'll need to get your DL. I know the requirements differ from state to state.


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Don't panic too much about the driving licence, Gemmie; you can drive on your UK licence for a year, I believe.


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Don't panic too much about the driving licence, Gemmie; you can drive on your UK licence for a year, I believe.

It depends on which state you live in. The DMV requirements are differ from state to state.


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I don't know if I remember you saying you don't drive anyway but if you do it's worth checking if you can get an International Permit (from the Post Office or AA) to go alonside your UK permit. These are more recognised and you can use them for a year.

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I don't know if I remember you saying you don't drive anyway but if you do it's worth checking if you can get an International Permit (from the Post Office or AA) to go alonside your UK permit. These are more recognised and you can use them for a year.

We checked into the Int'l Permit thingie...we were told that those were only good if you were going TO a foreign country and wanted to drive on your US license. We got this information from the AAA here in the States. Maybe there's an equivalent to this there in the UK.


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I've just done a little research into this: I can drive for 90 days on my UK licence in Illinois, and Gemmie can drive for 1 year on her UK licence in Mass.

http://www.mass.gov/rmv/forms/21317.pdf


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Event

Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox

CIS Office : Saint Louis MO

Date Filed : 2014-06-11

NOA Date : 2014-06-16

Bio. Appt. :

Interview Date :

Approved :

Oath Ceremony :

Comments :

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I don't know if I remember you saying you don't drive anyway but if you do it's worth checking if you can get an International Permit (from the Post Office or AA) to go alonside your UK permit. These are more recognised and you can use them for a year.

We checked into the Int'l Permit thingie...we were told that those were only good if you were going TO a foreign country and wanted to drive on your US license. We got this information from the AAA here in the States. Maybe there's an equivalent to this there in the UK.

I checked too, on www.theaa.com (british breakdown company), they can be used with a British licence too in lots of different countries. Where I'm going, Alabama, they can be used alongside a UK licence for one year. Then I'll have to take the test to get an Alabama permit.

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Thanks for the information and help guys, but unfortunately I don't drive. :(

I just haven't had the financial means to learn yet, especially seeing as we've been planning on this move and everything. Figured it would be better to learn from scratch once there.

I think I start with a provisional but I read that I need a SSN... then I read that to get a marriage license I need one too, along with a medical exam/certificate. My initial reaction was "NOOOOOO not more things!" (AOS is going to be frustrating on its own) :P

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In all honesty, you'll probably find it easier learning to drive in the US from scratch, my biggest "driving" issue was the switching sides of the road! I don't remember getting my license being too much of a hassle. I had my UK passport and US Social Security card, they just let me go ahead and book the test immediately. The biggest hassle was insurance, finding someone who would insure me to drive before I had a license over here. I think you'll have to wait until you are married, in the system - have a soc and got the card, go get your permit and then find someone patient to teach you! I found the test over here way easier than the UK one, was once around the block and a few turns - took around 8 minutes in total and I passed first time. :)


01/10/05 - Arrived back in US

01/26/05 - Got Married! WooHoo!

02/14/05 - Had Medical Exam

02/22/05 - Filed for AOS in Seattle, in person

03/31/05 - Got EAD!!

04/02/05 - Biometrics and Fingerprinting

05/19/05 - AOS Interview - awaiting decision...

08/24/05 - (conditional) Permanent Resident

09/08/05 - Passport stamped in Seattle

09/19/05 - Recieved actual Greencard! YAY!!!

05/24/07 - 90 days to remove conditions starts!

06/02/07 - Filed I-751, California Service Center

08/09/07 - Biometrics and Fingerprinting

08/28/07 - I-751 Approved & conditions are removed!

09/12/07 - Recieved 10 year Greencard! YEAH!!!

*now contemplating N-400 and citizenship*

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Your fiancé could call and find out if your medical from London would suffice.

It takes about seven to ten days after you file for your SSN to actually get the card in hand. Do check with the DMV in the county where you will reside to find out exactly what you'll need to get your DL. I know the requirements differ from state to state.

The SSN might not come that quick. Some people, including my husband have had some sort of "additional processing." Apparently they at random pick a case and they go through it with a fine tooth comb. It's been over a month since Nicky went in to apply for his and he still hasn't received it.


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