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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Brazil
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Hello! My process isn't done yet, but I believe I'll be moving to the US in April so I'm already making plans.

From what I understand so far, the CR1 visa is like a greencard. So, once I enter the US I'll receive the greencard in the mail.

My first doubt is: Can I get my driver's license before the actual greencard arrives? I heard it may take a couple months for the greencard, so I was wondering if the visa on my passport would be enough. In my case I only need to renew the DL because I had one already when I lived in the US (back in 2006) and now it is expired.

I also would like to know if I can get a job normally and even apply for college classes while I'm waiting for the GC to arrive in my mailbox.

I appreciate any help.

Monica

Our Immigration Timeline:

Form I-130 sent to Chicago - 03/18/08 (Case in VSC)

NOA 1 - 03/26/08

Updates - 04/01/08; 06/16/08; 06/17/08

NOA 2 - 01/23/09

NVC received papers - 01/30/09

NVC generated DS 3032 and AOS bill - 02/02/09

DS 3032 sent by e-mail and snail mail - 02/02/09

NVC replied my e-mail confirming my choice of agent - 02/06/09

AOS bill received - 02/07/09

AOS bill and IV bill paid online - 02/07/09

AOS and IV display the PAID message - 02/11/09

AOS and DS-230 packages sent - 02/11/09

NVC received packages - 02/13/09

NVC sent RFE (mistake on DS-230) - 02/20/09

Form DS-230 re-sent (as requested) - 02/26/09

CASE COMPLETE - 03/05/09

Interview date assigned - 03/10/09

Case forwarded to the embassy - 03/11/09

Medical Examination - 04/08/09

CR1 interview - 04/09/09 - VISA APPROVED!

Visa in hand - 04/??/09

POE - 04/??/09

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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When you enter the USA on your CR1 visa you will get a I-551 stamp put in your passport this acts as a temp Greencard until the actual card arrives in the mail.

This temp Greencard stamp is good for work and international travel and should be ok to renue your DL but you will need to check with the state you are going to be living in as each one is diffrent.

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Brazil
Timeline
When you enter the USA on your CR1 visa you will get a I-551 stamp put in your passport this acts as a temp Greencard until the actual card arrives in the mail.

This temp Greencard stamp is good for work and international travel and should be ok to renue your DL but you will need to check with the state you are going to be living in as each one is diffrent.

Thanks! :)

Our Immigration Timeline:

Form I-130 sent to Chicago - 03/18/08 (Case in VSC)

NOA 1 - 03/26/08

Updates - 04/01/08; 06/16/08; 06/17/08

NOA 2 - 01/23/09

NVC received papers - 01/30/09

NVC generated DS 3032 and AOS bill - 02/02/09

DS 3032 sent by e-mail and snail mail - 02/02/09

NVC replied my e-mail confirming my choice of agent - 02/06/09

AOS bill received - 02/07/09

AOS bill and IV bill paid online - 02/07/09

AOS and IV display the PAID message - 02/11/09

AOS and DS-230 packages sent - 02/11/09

NVC received packages - 02/13/09

NVC sent RFE (mistake on DS-230) - 02/20/09

Form DS-230 re-sent (as requested) - 02/26/09

CASE COMPLETE - 03/05/09

Interview date assigned - 03/10/09

Case forwarded to the embassy - 03/11/09

Medical Examination - 04/08/09

CR1 interview - 04/09/09 - VISA APPROVED!

Visa in hand - 04/??/09

POE - 04/??/09

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Hi, I got in US jan 20 th.. and days later, I went over to DMV in CA to renew my former driver´s license, and they did all of the process, but didnt issue same day because they requested AT LEAST my Social security number. So, Next day, I went over to the Social Security office, and they printed my number. I took to the DMV and they finally issued my renewal.

It is good to tell you, that Social Security officer told me that they had issued a Social Security num,ber for me, 2 days after my arrival, which makes me suggest you to take couple of days before going to the social security office to get your number. Remember, go there before going to the DMV.

Social security and Green card didnt come yet, but with my drivers license and social security number I can enrol in any college or get a job.

Best Regards,

Aryadne

Met first time: 07/23/2003 in Rio de Janeiro (1 week having fun!)

Dating: july 03 to dec 2003

Engage: jan 2004 to jun 2007

Ary living in US: 2004-2005

Jun 2007 - wedding planns back!

oct 2007 - legal marriage

nov 2007 - wedding party with our whole family

Ary graduates: dec 2007

Visa Journey 2008

April 5th: I130 sent

April 15th: NOA1

MAY: HONEY MOON IN CABO SAN LUCAS MX

JUl: NOA2

Aug: Packet 3 documents gather in BR and US and medical test done

AUg: paied fees I-864 and IV Bill

Oct: Packet 3 sent

Nov: RFE

Nov: NVC case completed

INTERVIEW: JANUARY 9th = APPROVED!

Visa Delivered: JANUARY 14TH ( 3 working days after interview)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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So, dont forget to take your passport, drivers license, social security number... adn that´s it.

Met first time: 07/23/2003 in Rio de Janeiro (1 week having fun!)

Dating: july 03 to dec 2003

Engage: jan 2004 to jun 2007

Ary living in US: 2004-2005

Jun 2007 - wedding planns back!

oct 2007 - legal marriage

nov 2007 - wedding party with our whole family

Ary graduates: dec 2007

Visa Journey 2008

April 5th: I130 sent

April 15th: NOA1

MAY: HONEY MOON IN CABO SAN LUCAS MX

JUl: NOA2

Aug: Packet 3 documents gather in BR and US and medical test done

AUg: paied fees I-864 and IV Bill

Oct: Packet 3 sent

Nov: RFE

Nov: NVC case completed

INTERVIEW: JANUARY 9th = APPROVED!

Visa Delivered: JANUARY 14TH ( 3 working days after interview)

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Check with your state DOL. Although I already had my green card by the time I went to apply for my DL, I didn't present it to them and there weren't any problems. Instead I used my social security card and CR1 visa to prove my identity, and a payslip from work along with a letter from USCIS addressed to me to prove I was residing in Washington.

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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