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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Here's a bit of advice for when you are still in separate countries--have your foreign fiance/spouse get a drivers license from their country while they are waiting to come here. Some states in the US will allow them to drive on their foreign DL once they arrive here, but they WON'T allow them to get a driver's license here until they get their green card. It never crossed my mind to ask my husband if he had a DL (- is the pope catholic?) But he didn't have one. So for those of you still in the waiting game, look into it. Getting a foreign DL before entering the US may save you a lot of headache, especially if you live in an area without good public transport.


4.25.08: sent K-1 application

4.28.08: NOA1

5.14.08: touched

9.25.08: touched

9.26.08: touched

9.26.08: NOA2

10.2.08: at NVC, letter says our application will be sent to Guayaquil in one week

10.9.08: spoke with consulate, they have our case

10.13.08: Doctor's appointment

10.20.08: Interview READ THE REVIEWS!

10.30.08: entry: Los Angeles

11.12.08: marriage

11.25.08: applied for Social Security card. READ THE vj GUIDE!

12.3.08: packet and letter for interview arrived at fiance's mail in Ecuador- for 10.20 interview! ha ha!

12.5.08: received SS card in mail

1.9.09: sent AOS/EAD/AP applications

2.10.09: Biometrics appt, Sacramento CA

3.15.09: AP recieved in mail

3.26.09: EAD recieved in mail

3.26.09: AOS interview, Sacramento, CA

4.09.09: Permanent Resident card received in mail

3.11.11: Mailed I-751 to CSC

3.14.11: I-751 received by CSC per USPS tracking

3.14.11: NOA date (received in mail on 3.19) one year extension

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: New Zealand
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Good advice. ;) Driving laws are State specific. In Massachusetts my husband is allowed to drive using his international license for up to a year.

moved to moving here and your new life in America


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In Massachusetts my husband is allowed to drive using his international license for up to a year.

Same as in Washington state. But if your license is in any language other than English then you would need to carry both that an an IDP which acts as a translation


DCF Timeline here

POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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actually, even if you think you know what the laws of your state are, be VERY prepared for your knowledge to actually be incorrect, or at least for MANY MANY PEOPLE to tell you so :wacko:

from any number of official sources, including but not limited to the US embassy website, the Texas DPS website, the Texas DPS information line, a police officer, staff at a couple of different DPS offices, and other random websites, I have been told the following -

- I can drive for up to a year on my Australian license, no other papers required

- I can drive on my Australian license but need an International Drivers' License to accompany it

- I can drive ONLY on the International Drivers' License and don't need my Australian license

- upon arrival in Texas, I had 30 days to switch over to a Texas one, which would not require any testing, and at which point I would have to surrender my Australian license

- upon arrival in Texas, I had 30 days to switch over to a Texas one, but would need to do both written and skills tests, and wouldn't have to surrender my Australian license

- upon arrival in Texas, I had 30 days to switch over to a Texas one, but the license issued to me at that time would only be valid for as long as the I-94

- I can extend the validity of my visa, at which point I can have a normal Texas license

- I'm a complete undesirable and they all wish I had just stayed home and on one wants you immigrants here :P

(ok, made up that last one ;) )

NO ONE can tell me what the true nature of the law is; everyone I speak to tells me they're the authority, but when I go to act on their instructions I'm told that that person is a moron and none of what I've been told is true... licensing laws, at least in Texas, are a MINEFIELD, so be prepared for hassles!


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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...licensing laws, at least in Texas, are a MINEFIELD, so be prepared for hassles!
StP is correct about Texas, and I got different information from several Puerco (Pig) Departments. However, my two insurance agents, plus two different immigration attorneys, say that the foreigner can drive on his/her foreign license in Texas for one year... but also to keep a copy of the NOA1 for the AOS package on their person at all times!

Third time I've said it on various fora here: People are frustrated that they can't do anything about illegal immigration, so they take it out on the lawfully-here-yet-not-legal, si man.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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no one was interested in my NOA1... they kept repeating '30 days' like it was some sort of mantra :wacko:

I'd be interested in any web links you've got, TBone...


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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I'd be interested in any web links you've got, TBone...
I'll trade them for your admission that posts about treacle are welcome, StP -- ha! Actually, I recently deleted my messages that contained any links, but the links were merely to the Texas DPS and their infuriating requirements. Sorry 'bout that, si man, but you can probably get to those via few mouse-clicks. If I find that I didn't delete everything after all, I'll notify you, si man.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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the only thing I found on the DPS website proper were references to people who moved to Texas from another US state... even a search on the word 'international' only turned up two hits, neither of them relevant... go figure, huh :D

the information I got came from other sources... eg the state govt website, and such

any further info would be much welcomed :)

thank you :)


061017001as.thumb.jpg

The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Still the Prettiest, great summary !! Same here in California.

By the way, you look FABULOUS in your photo!

actually, even if you think you know what the laws of your state are, be VERY prepared for your knowledge to actually be incorrect, or at least for MANY MANY PEOPLE to tell you so :wacko:

from any number of official sources, including but not limited to the US embassy website, the Texas DPS website, the Texas DPS information line, a police officer, staff at a couple of different DPS offices, and other random websites, I have been told the following -

- I'm a complete undesirable and they all wish I had just stayed home and on one wants you immigrants here :P

(ok, made up that last one ;) )

NO ONE can tell me what the true nature of the law is; everyone I speak to tells me they're the authority, but when I go to act on their instructions I'm told that that person is a moron and none of what I've been told is true... licensing laws, at least in Texas, are a MINEFIELD, so be prepared for hassles!


4.25.08: sent K-1 application

4.28.08: NOA1

5.14.08: touched

9.25.08: touched

9.26.08: touched

9.26.08: NOA2

10.2.08: at NVC, letter says our application will be sent to Guayaquil in one week

10.9.08: spoke with consulate, they have our case

10.13.08: Doctor's appointment

10.20.08: Interview READ THE REVIEWS!

10.30.08: entry: Los Angeles

11.12.08: marriage

11.25.08: applied for Social Security card. READ THE vj GUIDE!

12.3.08: packet and letter for interview arrived at fiance's mail in Ecuador- for 10.20 interview! ha ha!

12.5.08: received SS card in mail

1.9.09: sent AOS/EAD/AP applications

2.10.09: Biometrics appt, Sacramento CA

3.15.09: AP recieved in mail

3.26.09: EAD recieved in mail

3.26.09: AOS interview, Sacramento, CA

4.09.09: Permanent Resident card received in mail

3.11.11: Mailed I-751 to CSC

3.14.11: I-751 received by CSC per USPS tracking

3.14.11: NOA date (received in mail on 3.19) one year extension

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: India
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THe other reason to bring in your Driver's license is for Car insurance purposes. MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A COPY OF IT If you have to surrender it to DMV.

With that Copy you can use your past experiences to lower your premium, If you don't have it and just have the new driver's license, some insurance companies will look at you as a new driver and GOTCHA higher premium.


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THe other reason to bring in your Driver's license is for Car insurance purposes. MAKE SURE YOU MAKE A COPY OF IT If you have to surrender it to DMV.

With that Copy you can use your past experiences to lower your premium, If you don't have it and just have the new driver's license, some insurance companies will look at you as a new driver and GOTCHA higher premium.

ooooooOOOOOOOOOO thanks for the tips. Just got NOA 2 and not sure what to do next. I can tell him that's something he could do. I will look into it!!!

Appreciate your help!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Just got NOA 2 and not sure what to do next.
(Dear God, another Guayaquil interviewee-to-be...) Si, man -- have him get his driver's license... and YOU prepare to attend his consular interview (once it's scheduled) in Guayaquil, even if you are on your deathbed. Otherwise, the driver's license may not matter, because there very well may be no visa. It is mandatory that the U.S. citizen be there for the visa interview, and rest assured that the consulate will never tell you this.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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You can check www.dmv.org to see the requirements for non USC's. In Alabama I can drive for a year on my British license with an accompanying International Drivers Permit.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ecuador
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darwin's finch,

please contact one of us who already interviewed at guayaquil for helpful advice. read the reviews section first. start putting together your evidence for your I-131 now. order tax transcripts from the IRS for the last 3 yrs of taxes. ask your employer for a letter. all this takes time so start now so the wheels can start turning! TBone has a lot of helpful advice and is a great person who is generous with information. im happy to help too.

BTW judging from your VJ name, you must be a birder or into nature? me too!

all the best,

kathie


4.25.08: sent K-1 application

4.28.08: NOA1

5.14.08: touched

9.25.08: touched

9.26.08: touched

9.26.08: NOA2

10.2.08: at NVC, letter says our application will be sent to Guayaquil in one week

10.9.08: spoke with consulate, they have our case

10.13.08: Doctor's appointment

10.20.08: Interview READ THE REVIEWS!

10.30.08: entry: Los Angeles

11.12.08: marriage

11.25.08: applied for Social Security card. READ THE vj GUIDE!

12.3.08: packet and letter for interview arrived at fiance's mail in Ecuador- for 10.20 interview! ha ha!

12.5.08: received SS card in mail

1.9.09: sent AOS/EAD/AP applications

2.10.09: Biometrics appt, Sacramento CA

3.15.09: AP recieved in mail

3.26.09: EAD recieved in mail

3.26.09: AOS interview, Sacramento, CA

4.09.09: Permanent Resident card received in mail

3.11.11: Mailed I-751 to CSC

3.14.11: I-751 received by CSC per USPS tracking

3.14.11: NOA date (received in mail on 3.19) one year extension

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