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Anyone out there from Finland living in CA who could enlighten me on driver license stuff? Apparently CA doesn't recognize international licenses ( which is just a weird piece of paper as a translation I know, used it before in CT). But is my Finnish license okay while on K1 until AOS? Thanks!

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California law says that people visiting from out-of-state or out-of-country can directly use their valid out-of-state or foreign driver's license to drive in California. It also says that people who take up residence in California must get a California driver's license in 10 days. But what separates residing in California from visiting California is kind of subjective. Technically K1 is a temporary status, but it is for you to stay and AOS, so it is not clear if you count as residing in California or not.

Note that you cannot get a regular California driver's license at this point anyway. If you get it during the 90 days of K1 status, it will expire at the end of those 90 days, if they even give you one. You do not qualify for a California driver's license during AOS after the K1 status ends until you get either EAD or green card. You might be able to get one of those AB60 driver's licenses that don't require legal presence document, but I'm not sure that's a good idea.

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Moving to the US forum -- topic is driving. ***


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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