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Hi guys,

So I really need to start driving. Its actually becoming a huge hinderance! Does anyone know if its possible to apply from a license, specifically in California, whilst going through the adjustment process?

Thanks!


AOS Journey

Day 0 - 07/10/2012 - AOS package (I-130,I-485, I-175) mailed to Chicago with FedEx.

Day 1 - 07/11/2012 - Confirmation from FedEx that package arrived and was signed for.

Day 3 - 07/13/2012 - Text confirmation from USCIS of receipt.

Day 4 - 07/14/2012 - Online banking shows that cheques were cashed.

Day 9 - 07/19/2012 - Received 3 out of 3 NOA letters in the post.

Day 11 - 07/21/2012 - Received biometrics appointment letter, appointed set for 08/07/2012.

Day 16 - 07/26/2012 - Completed biometrics walk in.

Day 56 - 09/04/2012 - Received text notification to state that my EAD has been ordered into production.

Day 59 - 09/07/2012 - Received 2nd text notification to state that my EAD has been ordered into production.

Day 62 - 09/10/2012 - Text notification that EAD has been mailed.

Day 64 - 09/12/2012 - EAD received in the mail.

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Hi guys,

So I really need to start driving. Its actually becoming a huge hinderance! Does anyone know if its possible to apply from a license, specifically in California, whilst going through the adjustment process?

Thanks!

Do you have your EAD yet? You will need proof of legal immigration status, social security card, and proof of residency in the state you live in.

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Hi guys,

So I really need to start driving. Its actually becoming a huge hinderance! Does anyone know if its possible to apply from a license, specifically in California, whilst going through the adjustment process?

Thanks!

You can either take your I–797 (NOA) stating you have started your AOS process or wait for your EAD (Employment Authorization Card) and go to DMV, they will issue a temporay DL for you.


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07/14/2011 - NOA1

07/19/2011 - NOA1 hard copy received

11/16/2011 - NOA2

11/19/2011 - NOA2 hard copy received

11/28/2011 - Rio de Janeiro Embassy case number received from NVC

12/15/2011 - Packet 4 received

01/24/2012 - Interview at Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

01/27/2012 - Passport/Visa received

02/08/2012 - US Entry

02/25/2012 - Marriage

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05/07/2012 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP Package (to PO Box Address through USPS Express Mail)

05/08/2012 - delivery confirmation received

05/09/2012 - AOS/EAD/AP Applications accepted

05/22/2012 - AOS/EAD/AP NOA's date

05/22/2012 - text / notification with case numbers received

05/29/2012 - 3 NOA's hardcopies received at home

06/04/2012 - Biometrics appointment letter received

06/13/2012 - Biometrics appointment

06/13/2012 - RFE

06/16/2012 - RFE hard copy (request for 2011 tax return)

07/19/2012 - RFE response submited

07/24/2012 - RFE review started

08/07/2012 - EAD/AP Approval email and text messages

08/15/2012 - EAD/AP combo Card received through usps priority mail

09/06/2012 - AOS approved

09/10/2012 - Welcome Letter received at homes

09/14/2012 - Green Card received at home yayyyyyy

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You can either take your I–797 (NOA) stating you have started your AOS process or wait for your EAD (Employment Authorization Card) and go to DMV, they will issue a temporay DL for you.

Not every state accepts this. I don't think CA does.


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Not every state accepts this. I don't think CA does.

Well, the information is on the CA DMV official website, linked on my previous post.

"Only the original or a certified copy of one of the following documents is acceptable:

- Employment Authorization Card

- Notice of Action (I–797 Approved Petition) – must indicate approved extension of stay or change in status that grants temporary or permanent residency, or indicates that an original, duplicate or renewal Resident Alien card is forthcoming."


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07/11/2011 - sent I-129F petition

07/14/2011 - NOA1

07/19/2011 - NOA1 hard copy received

11/16/2011 - NOA2

11/19/2011 - NOA2 hard copy received

11/28/2011 - Rio de Janeiro Embassy case number received from NVC

12/15/2011 - Packet 4 received

01/24/2012 - Interview at Embassy in Rio de Janeiro

01/27/2012 - Passport/Visa received

02/08/2012 - US Entry

02/25/2012 - Marriage

AOS JOURNEY

05/07/2012 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP Package (to PO Box Address through USPS Express Mail)

05/08/2012 - delivery confirmation received

05/09/2012 - AOS/EAD/AP Applications accepted

05/22/2012 - AOS/EAD/AP NOA's date

05/22/2012 - text / notification with case numbers received

05/29/2012 - 3 NOA's hardcopies received at home

06/04/2012 - Biometrics appointment letter received

06/13/2012 - Biometrics appointment

06/13/2012 - RFE

06/16/2012 - RFE hard copy (request for 2011 tax return)

07/19/2012 - RFE response submited

07/24/2012 - RFE review started

08/07/2012 - EAD/AP Approval email and text messages

08/15/2012 - EAD/AP combo Card received through usps priority mail

09/06/2012 - AOS approved

09/10/2012 - Welcome Letter received at homes

09/14/2012 - Green Card received at home yayyyyyy

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The OP does not have an approved petition. It says Notice of Action (I–797 Approved Petition)

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AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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What the op has is an I-797C, which is merely a receipt denoting you have applied.

As Harpa said above, what the CA DMV will accept needs to be an I-797 (no C), which is an approval notice (printed on security paper; the I-797Cs are now low-quality crappy paper to make exactly this distinction).

And op, once you have your EAD, that is usually acceptable in most states to receive a driver's licence, provided you have a social security number (which can also be obtained using an EAD).

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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

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Not every state accepts this. I don't think CA does.

Thank god. I was sitting here feeling like an idiot for not realizing my husband could have had a license already. :wacko:


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5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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CA accepts an EAD just fine:

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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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I called legal presence in sacramento asking the same (i94 no date etc) but u have to wait for the ead.


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CoS from J1 to F1 now AoS

Day 00 - 01/02/2013 sent AOS package via USPS

Day 02 - 01/04/2013 package arrived in the am *patiently waiting for more*

Day 05 - 01/07/2013 received text messages for all 4 forms

Day 06 - 01/08/2013 checks been cashed

Day 08 - 01/10/2013 received NOAs for all four forms

Day 12 - 01/14/2013 received appointment letter for biometrics on 02/01/2013 but completed biometrics the same day

Day 27 - 01/29/2013 received email that our case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview :)

Day 29 - 01/31/2013 received an email that our Interview will be on March 6 2013!!!!!!!!!

Day 33 - 02/04/2013 received hardcopy of interview letter

Day 62 - 03/05/2013 EAD/AP approved

Day 63 - 03/06/2013 scheduled interview appointment - APPROVED

Day 66 - 03/09/2013 I130 & I485 Approval noitces arrived in the mail

Day 70 - 03/13/2013 EAD/ AP combo card arrives in the mail

Day 71 - 03/14/2013 Greencard arrives yay!!!

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I believe they require a SSN, don't they? You can get that with an EAD or a green card.

Is there a way to avoid waiting for the SSN?


AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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No you also need the ssn. And remember in cali you can only drive for 10 (?) Days on ur intern. Or out-of state license once u live there and r considered a cali resident by living there.


~Sometimes you must live through the darkness in order to see the light~

♥ ♥ ♥ 11/30/2012 - We got married in San Diego, CA ♥ ♥ ♥

CoS from J1 to F1 now AoS

Day 00 - 01/02/2013 sent AOS package via USPS

Day 02 - 01/04/2013 package arrived in the am *patiently waiting for more*

Day 05 - 01/07/2013 received text messages for all 4 forms

Day 06 - 01/08/2013 checks been cashed

Day 08 - 01/10/2013 received NOAs for all four forms

Day 12 - 01/14/2013 received appointment letter for biometrics on 02/01/2013 but completed biometrics the same day

Day 27 - 01/29/2013 received email that our case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview :)

Day 29 - 01/31/2013 received an email that our Interview will be on March 6 2013!!!!!!!!!

Day 33 - 02/04/2013 received hardcopy of interview letter

Day 62 - 03/05/2013 EAD/AP approved

Day 63 - 03/06/2013 scheduled interview appointment - APPROVED

Day 66 - 03/09/2013 I130 & I485 Approval noitces arrived in the mail

Day 70 - 03/13/2013 EAD/ AP combo card arrives in the mail

Day 71 - 03/14/2013 Greencard arrives yay!!!

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Well I guess I shall just have to wait for the EAD. All I can do is wait I guess. I guess I was hoping it would have come already, but hey, I bet we have all felt like that. Ultimately, I guess I can still drive on my UK license, it just would have made it much easier.


AOS Journey

Day 0 - 07/10/2012 - AOS package (I-130,I-485, I-175) mailed to Chicago with FedEx.

Day 1 - 07/11/2012 - Confirmation from FedEx that package arrived and was signed for.

Day 3 - 07/13/2012 - Text confirmation from USCIS of receipt.

Day 4 - 07/14/2012 - Online banking shows that cheques were cashed.

Day 9 - 07/19/2012 - Received 3 out of 3 NOA letters in the post.

Day 11 - 07/21/2012 - Received biometrics appointment letter, appointed set for 08/07/2012.

Day 16 - 07/26/2012 - Completed biometrics walk in.

Day 56 - 09/04/2012 - Received text notification to state that my EAD has been ordered into production.

Day 59 - 09/07/2012 - Received 2nd text notification to state that my EAD has been ordered into production.

Day 62 - 09/10/2012 - Text notification that EAD has been mailed.

Day 64 - 09/12/2012 - EAD received in the mail.

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Well I guess I shall just have to wait for the EAD. All I can do is wait I guess. I guess I was hoping it would have come already, but hey, I bet we have all felt like that. Ultimately, I guess I can still drive on my UK license, it just would have made it much easier.

Someone bumped a thread not long ago about getting fined for driving without a license in California. The person had a valid Canadian license, but the officer said the fact that he was applying for AOS proved he was a resident, and therefor required to have a California license. He ended up paying like $1000.

Hopefully that was just a one off case. But if you get pulled over, I'd stress that you're NOT a resident, yet.

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AOS

5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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