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So I am a G2 licensed driver in Ontario and I will be moving to Maine at the end of the year. I have looked at Maine's DMV website and from the looks of it I should be able to convert my G2 license into a full Maine license by bringing in proof of residency (in my case, 2 affidavits stating that I reside in Maine) and proof of legal presence... which is done with the I-94 document that I get once I cross the border. Correct?

I read somewhere that they will give me a temporary license that expires when the I-94 expires? Or, I don't qualify for a license if the document I'm using to provide evidence expires before 120 days ... In my case, my visa expires in January (which as we all know means I have until January to cross the border)... But is this the date the DMV will use for my license?

It says "You must obtain a new Maine license within 30 days of becoming a resident of the State of Maine." Now does this mean I am exempt from that wait as I will not be a "RESIDENT" so to speak? Because ... I saw that the EAD/AOS applications can be used as proof of legal presence... And my fiance and I are getting married after I've been in the state for 30 days. (We are going to marry on his birthday in February =) as that will give us time to get the SSN in order as well)

Does anyone have any experience with this?


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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Unfortunately you are not exempt. When you obtain a new driver's licence from Maine they will usually use the expiry date of your I-94, if you use that to show legal presence. After that (and you licence) expires you would then need to show them either your EAD or green card to get them to extend it. You would not be able to drive legally in the meantime.


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Although doing so would probably be a violation of Maine state law.


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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

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Being that Maine is next door to Canada...they are prob used to seeing Cdn licences...........


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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I was actually wondering about that as well... As long as our Canadian DL is still valid, we can drive right? Snowbirds go to Florida all winter and it is not illegal for them to drive. I don't want to be stuck not working, and not driving for 6 months or so! :cry:


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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One does have to find the rules for each State, as they all differ.......So my statement above is probably bad advice...as all will be ok--until the police pull u over or get into an accident......


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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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I guess what I will do is go into the DMV when I intended to convert my license and ask them questions about it. If I get it with an expiration date of the I-94 and then extend it once I apply for EAD ... then that'll be OK. I just don't want to miss out on the "30 day conversion" limit they've got


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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This is what I found for Florida, they have exceptions for Canadians where you don't have to have your EAD only SSN... might be the same for Maine.

Canadians

Canadian citizens that wish to be issued a Florida driver license or state of Florida ID card must provide the Proof of Social Security Number and2 Proofs of Residential address desribed above.

As a Canadian Citizen you must provide one original or certified copy of the following Identification documents:

· Valid Canadian passport

· Original or certified Canadian birth certificate

· Canadian Naturalization Certificate

· Canadian Certificate of Citizenship

Complete details for drivers license identification requirements are in the Florida drivers manual.

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July 6 2014: Got engaged! (L)

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Thank you! I tried to find something that was Canadian license specific but was only able to find "converting an out of state license" in Maine. I will bring all of those documents with me to the DMV and perhaps the person working there may be unexperienced with Canadians converting their license and perhaps I could sway them to give me a full license if I bring all of that information! I do need the SSN in Maine to even get married so I should hopefully have that before the 30 days are up.

Really though, I should just be enjoying this month because it seems like the last month I'll have to relax and NOT worry about all this stuff for a while :/


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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