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Getting license in USA, "direct transfer" - Very helpful tips I learned the hard way

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Hello!

I thought immigration and taxes was frustrating.... I have another to add to the list:

Direct transfer licenses... the kind that you don't have to take the test, just hand them your stuff and they give you the new one.

Bring with you:

SSN

Green card

Old license

2 pieces of mail with name and address on it

Cheque, mine was 29.50

TIPS:

Bring with you http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/053272.html this form [$12, print at home] if you don't want to be held up for an hour and have to go home and come back becuase their system only "sometimes" connects to the Canada data base for them to get your information.... and you don't want to wait two weeks for it to arrive in the snailmail.... UGH

Oh and if you have your ID in two names, bring your marriage cert, they will ask to see it, over and over and over and over again, and still then argue infront of you what name they "think" it should be under, and then put it under your maiden name at the end of the day because that's what your SSN says.

THREE trips, lunch, and a headache later, I have my US license.

Good grief Charlie Brown.

p.s. Yes you can keep your old Canadian one, they just punch a teeny whole in it, and you have to ask them if you want it back, the guy tried to keep mine until I stated that I wanted it back.

/end rant

Hopefully others had better experiences than I just did.

Edited by FireKari

<3 FireRay's Wifey. <3

11-??-2005 : Met Ray in EverQuest2

USCIS
12-26-2009 : Marriage
1-07-2010 : Filed I-130
1-08-2010 : Package Recieved
1-12-2010 : NOA1
3-12-2010 : NOA2
*I-130 was approved in 59 days from NOA1 date.*


NVC
3-19-2010 : NVC Recieved. Case # Assigned
3-22-2010 : E-Mails Given to NVC Operator
3-25-2010 : Received DS-3032 and AOS Bill
3-25-2010 : Applied for EP/DS-3032 e-mailed
3-25-2010 : Pay AOS Bill Online
4-04-2010 : E-mailed I-864
4-08-2010 : EP Accepted/Paid IV Bill
4-12-2010 : E-mailed DS-230
4-16-2010 : All documents accepted at NVC
4-22-2010 : Log in Fail!!
*NVC stage completed in 34 days.*


7-21-2010 : Medical in Toronto
7-26-2010 : INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!
7-28-2010 : Visa received in the mail
8-18-2010 : POE - Ambassador Bridge
9-23-2010 : 2yr Green Card arrived
2-11-2011 : SSN arrived
8-18-2012 : Approx date of removal of conditions

06-2012 : Removal of conditions sent

03-18-12 : 10 year Green Card received!!

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Thanks for sharing!!!! :thumbs:


November 5, 2010 Interview 7am APPROVED!!!!!! (6months 4weeks 1day) THANK YOU LORD!!!!!

(look at my about me page in my profile if you want to see my entire k1 journey)

AOS Journey:

Feb.4, 2011 Mailed AOS packet

Feb. 7, 2011 Pkt delivered in Chicago

Feb. 10, 2011 Received txt and email of NOA for AOS, EAD, and AP

Feb. 11, 2011 Check cashed for AOS

Feb. 12, 2011 Touched

Feb. 14, 2011 received hard copy of NOA for AOS, EAD& AP

Feb. 18, 2011 received appt letter for biometrics

Feb. 28, 2011 biometrics appt @10am

Feb. 28, 2011 received txt/email AOS case transferred to csc

Mar 1, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 3, 2011 received hard copy of AOS transfer to csc

Mar 4, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 28, 2011 Received txt/email saying card production has been ordered. (1month 3eeks 3days)

Mar 28, 2011 Received 2nd txt/email saying we have registered this customer permanent residence status

Mar 29, 2011 Received 3rd txt/email says card production has been ordered.

April 1, 2011 greencard and welcome letter in hand!!

April 5, 2011 received txt/email EAD card production ordered

Will Start Removing Conditions Dec 2012!!!!

Dec. 26, 2012 mailed ROC paperwork

Dec. 28, 2012 NOA for ROC paperwork

Jan. 7, 2013 received bio appt letter

Jan. 24, 2013 bio appt.

June 22, 2013 10yr green card received

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Each STATE has their own requirements and they do differ greatly.


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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That was for PA


<3 FireRay's Wifey. <3

11-??-2005 : Met Ray in EverQuest2

USCIS
12-26-2009 : Marriage
1-07-2010 : Filed I-130
1-08-2010 : Package Recieved
1-12-2010 : NOA1
3-12-2010 : NOA2
*I-130 was approved in 59 days from NOA1 date.*


NVC
3-19-2010 : NVC Recieved. Case # Assigned
3-22-2010 : E-Mails Given to NVC Operator
3-25-2010 : Received DS-3032 and AOS Bill
3-25-2010 : Applied for EP/DS-3032 e-mailed
3-25-2010 : Pay AOS Bill Online
4-04-2010 : E-mailed I-864
4-08-2010 : EP Accepted/Paid IV Bill
4-12-2010 : E-mailed DS-230
4-16-2010 : All documents accepted at NVC
4-22-2010 : Log in Fail!!
*NVC stage completed in 34 days.*


7-21-2010 : Medical in Toronto
7-26-2010 : INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!
7-28-2010 : Visa received in the mail
8-18-2010 : POE - Ambassador Bridge
9-23-2010 : 2yr Green Card arrived
2-11-2011 : SSN arrived
8-18-2012 : Approx date of removal of conditions

06-2012 : Removal of conditions sent

03-18-12 : 10 year Green Card received!!

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I honestly wish that I knew.

The paper basically said my name and no convictions against me, I guess it was to see if I was suspended or anything in Canada in the last three years?

That's just my best guess.


<3 FireRay's Wifey. <3

11-??-2005 : Met Ray in EverQuest2

USCIS
12-26-2009 : Marriage
1-07-2010 : Filed I-130
1-08-2010 : Package Recieved
1-12-2010 : NOA1
3-12-2010 : NOA2
*I-130 was approved in 59 days from NOA1 date.*


NVC
3-19-2010 : NVC Recieved. Case # Assigned
3-22-2010 : E-Mails Given to NVC Operator
3-25-2010 : Received DS-3032 and AOS Bill
3-25-2010 : Applied for EP/DS-3032 e-mailed
3-25-2010 : Pay AOS Bill Online
4-04-2010 : E-mailed I-864
4-08-2010 : EP Accepted/Paid IV Bill
4-12-2010 : E-mailed DS-230
4-16-2010 : All documents accepted at NVC
4-22-2010 : Log in Fail!!
*NVC stage completed in 34 days.*


7-21-2010 : Medical in Toronto
7-26-2010 : INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!
7-28-2010 : Visa received in the mail
8-18-2010 : POE - Ambassador Bridge
9-23-2010 : 2yr Green Card arrived
2-11-2011 : SSN arrived
8-18-2012 : Approx date of removal of conditions

06-2012 : Removal of conditions sent

03-18-12 : 10 year Green Card received!!

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Hello!

I thought immigration and taxes was frustrating.... I have another to add to the list:

Direct transfer licenses... the kind that you don't have to take the test, just hand them your stuff and they give you the new one.

Bring with you:

SSN

Green card

Old license

2 pieces of mail with name and address on it

Cheque, mine was 29.50

TIPS:

Bring with you http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/053272.html this form [$12, print at home] if you don't want to be held up for an hour and have to go home and come back becuase their system only "sometimes" connects to the Canada data base for them to get your information.... and you don't want to wait two weeks for it to arrive in the snailmail.... UGH

Oh and if you have your ID in two names, bring your marriage cert, they will ask to see it, over and over and over and over again, and still then argue infront of you what name they "think" it should be under, and then put it under your maiden name at the end of the day because that's what your SSN says.

THREE trips, lunch, and a headache later, I have my US license.

Good grief Charlie Brown.

p.s. Yes you can keep your old Canadian one, they just punch a teeny whole in it, and you have to ask them if you want it back, the guy tried to keep mine until I stated that I wanted it back.

/end rant

Hopefully others had better experiences than I just did.

Sorry you had a crappy/crazy experience trying to get your DL. No idea why they asked for so much stuff including that 12$ paper thing?

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Nebraska State DL.

All I brought was my Canadian license, my ssn, passport and my marriage certificate and cash of about 40$.

They never asked for anything else, I never needed that 12$ form whatever that is and they never punched a hole cut or did anything to my Canadian license. I have it and keep it in my wallet.

Took a test on the computer that was really easy, passed they took my picture and I payed and they printed out my temp paper license and I got my card in the mail a week-ish later.

The only problem I had was the woman said the computer was being a little slow so we just chatted and she said it was cool that Canada has an agreement with the US about the licenses etc. She already knew about it too which was nice.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

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I had to bring the $12 paper becuase their system wouldn't connect to the Canada system for the information.

He said it was a "50/50" that it would actually connect and it's "an ongoing problem IN ALL STATES THAT CONNECT TO THE CANADA SYSTEM."

Rathar then waiting for a "chance" that it might connect I got the information myself.

They originally wanted it MAILED to them, which "takes two weeks for processing and another up to two weeks for mailing"

That means it would be up to a month before I could get the paper mailed to them and have to wait that long to get the damn license.... ugh.

So I asked the guy if he would just accept the one that you can print yourself off the internet since it was available to be printed immediately.

He said he would accept it IF if had a formal letterhead on it.

I paid the $12 printed it out, and it did indeed have the letterhead and was accepted later that same afternoon, on my third trip there.

What a pain in the *bleeep*

Edited by FireKari

<3 FireRay's Wifey. <3

11-??-2005 : Met Ray in EverQuest2

USCIS
12-26-2009 : Marriage
1-07-2010 : Filed I-130
1-08-2010 : Package Recieved
1-12-2010 : NOA1
3-12-2010 : NOA2
*I-130 was approved in 59 days from NOA1 date.*


NVC
3-19-2010 : NVC Recieved. Case # Assigned
3-22-2010 : E-Mails Given to NVC Operator
3-25-2010 : Received DS-3032 and AOS Bill
3-25-2010 : Applied for EP/DS-3032 e-mailed
3-25-2010 : Pay AOS Bill Online
4-04-2010 : E-mailed I-864
4-08-2010 : EP Accepted/Paid IV Bill
4-12-2010 : E-mailed DS-230
4-16-2010 : All documents accepted at NVC
4-22-2010 : Log in Fail!!
*NVC stage completed in 34 days.*


7-21-2010 : Medical in Toronto
7-26-2010 : INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!
7-28-2010 : Visa received in the mail
8-18-2010 : POE - Ambassador Bridge
9-23-2010 : 2yr Green Card arrived
2-11-2011 : SSN arrived
8-18-2012 : Approx date of removal of conditions

06-2012 : Removal of conditions sent

03-18-12 : 10 year Green Card received!!

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In California you have to take the eye test, the written exam and the driving test before you can get the US license..

I've heard (my SIL moved there for IA) that's the same with a simple State transfer to CA too. Something about their road rules being different to most other states.

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In Iowa, it was flippin' easy! I just had my GC, my still valid BC license, which I was still in the "N" stage of the graduated program, and I think maybe my SSN, maybe not, I can't remember.

I just talked to one of the ladies in the DMV, asked her what I had to do.

I could've kept my BC license, but then I would've had to take the written and driving test. It's not like I'm still going to need it, so they just took my BC license, punched a hole in it, I did a short eye test, they took my picture and I paid $20. Had the temporary one for a few weeks and got the card in the mail shortly after.

Nice and painless.

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MD is really easy too. Just bring in all your i551 or greencard, old license, 2 pieces of id and "tell them that it is considered a Out of state transfer".


~~~Marriage : 2009-07-10~~~

~~~I-130 Sent : 2009-11-24~~~

~~~ Medical : 2010-09-28~~~ ~~~ MTL Interview : 2010-10-20~~~ ~~~ APPROVED~~~

~~~POE Date :2010-10-31~~~ ~~~Received SSN's 2010-11-08~~

~~~Welcome Letter/Notice Receipt :2010-11-30~~~ ~~~Received Our Green Cards 2010-12-06~~~

~~~ ROC :2012-08-20~~~ ~~~NOA1 :2012-08-28~~~ ~~~BIO :2012-09-25~~~~

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GA doesn't connect to Canada either. You have to redo all of the tests (eye,written, road) and bring proof of immigration status, proof of residency, and SSN. License is only issued for the same length of time as the immigration status or 3 years - which ever is less. They used to require you to turn over your prior licenses - now they just invalidate them.


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See it was "supposed" to be easy state to state transfer... but becuase it wouldn't connect, it was a pain in the a**.


<3 FireRay's Wifey. <3

11-??-2005 : Met Ray in EverQuest2

USCIS
12-26-2009 : Marriage
1-07-2010 : Filed I-130
1-08-2010 : Package Recieved
1-12-2010 : NOA1
3-12-2010 : NOA2
*I-130 was approved in 59 days from NOA1 date.*


NVC
3-19-2010 : NVC Recieved. Case # Assigned
3-22-2010 : E-Mails Given to NVC Operator
3-25-2010 : Received DS-3032 and AOS Bill
3-25-2010 : Applied for EP/DS-3032 e-mailed
3-25-2010 : Pay AOS Bill Online
4-04-2010 : E-mailed I-864
4-08-2010 : EP Accepted/Paid IV Bill
4-12-2010 : E-mailed DS-230
4-16-2010 : All documents accepted at NVC
4-22-2010 : Log in Fail!!
*NVC stage completed in 34 days.*


7-21-2010 : Medical in Toronto
7-26-2010 : INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!
7-28-2010 : Visa received in the mail
8-18-2010 : POE - Ambassador Bridge
9-23-2010 : 2yr Green Card arrived
2-11-2011 : SSN arrived
8-18-2012 : Approx date of removal of conditions

06-2012 : Removal of conditions sent

03-18-12 : 10 year Green Card received!!

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