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02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)

02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change

03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name

03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure

03-28-2015 Made InfoPass appointment for April 13th.

04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit

04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.

04-07-2015 Cancelled InfoPass appointment since DHS cleared her status

04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit

04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)

04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.


07-24-2015 Road test was Denied. No walk-ins are allowed nowadays. Must make online appointment.


08-21-2015 Road test was Denied due legal="pending"...again...how many times do they have to check this??? Arggg...


09-01-2015 Received the letter from DHS clearing her legal status (this is 2nd time with DMV).


08-27-2015 Green Card approved

09-05-2015 Received Green card

09-11-2015 Road test was going to be denied because they can't verify her maiden name.

I complained and a supervisor showed up asking for her passport & marriage certificate...

Since I suspected they would pull something like this, I've been bringing all documents

to all government offices. Upon passport & marriage certificate verification, she is finally allowed

to take the road test. Before they hassled us because she didn't have Green Card, but now

even with the GC, they still find a way to hassle us. It's just amazing how inefficient our

government system/staffs are.


My wife is already upset and this whole thing made her even more nervous now.

To make the matters worse, she now has to take the road test under extremely heavy down pour and

intimidating thunders.


My wife had been practicing driving for nearly 5 months and getting really good. She even practiced

6 hours on just parallel parking. But under heavy rain and frequent lightening, she couldn't see clearly,

and barely touched the pole on the way out after successful parallel parking. It would not be her day.

She was rejected on the spot.






09-25-2015 Next driver License Road Test Appointment


:jest::jest::jest:



I'm sure that this can be really frustrating if one dwells on it,

but our relationship is so good that we find ways to laugh off every silly and stupid experiences.


Hope you guys have better experience than we do.

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10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Sorry to hear it. The DMV is not anyone's idea of a good time. Thank goodness for on-line license renewal, at least here.


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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Our Texas experience has been that until my husband became a U.S. Citizen, nothing could be done online. He had to go in person to show his greencard yet again and wait two hours to change his address (Houston location near IAH). We amused ourselves during the wait watching really bad parallel parking outside the big plate glass window. Emails to headquarters in Austin to say surely you know he has a greencard from previous visits revealed that "we don't capture that information so it must be shown in person each time". Don't know if that has changed yet.

Parallel parking tip for TX DPS--hit a pole and you fail instantly, so make a weak attempt and pull out. You only lose some points. Also use blinker before pulling out, even though you are only in a parking lot behind the building.


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K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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I wasn't going to open this thread, as you didn't mention the state, and I assumed "DMV" meant it wasn't in Texas.

Where do you live in Houston, and which DL office do you use? I have been to the Spring Megacenter, Grant Road (twice) and Hempstead. Spring is big, and you can queue online (but still with some wait after you arrive). Grant Road is OK if you arrive at a quiet time, say 3-30 - this is where I did my test. Hempstead is a metal shack. I was recommended to go there to avoid waiting for hours in Houston, but they were overwhelmed by kids getting their learner's permits. I decided not to queue outside in hundred degree heat.

Good luck for the test.

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I gave up on teaching my wife to drive after many months and many tears. Now that we are back in China I've asked her to learn here so that she can at least learn familiarization with the vehicle. When we move back she can try again.

Good luck to your wife (and you).

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Sorry to hear it. The DMV is not anyone's idea of a good time. Thank goodness for on-line license renewal, at least here.

Personally, I've not had much problem for my DL, but for pending GC status candidates,

oh boy...they sure know how to make it frustrating.

Our Texas experience has been that until my husband became a U.S. Citizen, nothing could be done online. He had to go in person to show his greencard yet again and wait two hours to change his address (Houston location near IAH). We amused ourselves during the wait watching really bad parallel parking outside the big plate glass window. Emails to headquarters in Austin to say surely you know he has a greencard from previous visits revealed that "we don't capture that information so it must be shown in person each time". Don't know if that has changed yet.

Parallel parking tip for TX DPS--hit a pole and you fail instantly, so make a weak attempt and pull out. You only lose some points. Also use blinker before pulling out, even though you are only in a parking lot behind the building.

Yup, she parked successfully, and hit the bar on the way out.

So she was denied just few minutes into the driving.

I've reminded her to use the turn signal during both entry/exit from parallel parking today.

I wasn't going to open this thread, as you didn't mention the state, and I assumed "DMV" meant it wasn't in Texas.

Where do you live in Houston, and which DL office do you use? I have been to the Spring Megacenter, Grant Road (twice) and Hempstead. Spring is big, and you can queue online (but still with some wait after you arrive). Grant Road is OK if you arrive at a quiet time, say 3-30 - this is where I did my test. Hempstead is a metal shack. I was recommended to go there to avoid waiting for hours in Houston, but they were overwhelmed by kids getting their learner's permits. I decided not to queue outside in hundred degree heat.

Good luck for the test.

We've going to both Houston Gessner and Rosenberg super-mega centers.

They are closest to my home.

I gave up on teaching my wife to drive after many months and many tears. Now that we are back in China I've asked her to learn here so that she can at least learn familiarization with the vehicle. When we move back she can try again.

Good luck to your wife (and you).

I taught her driving by myself.

I'm pretty patient and my wife is pretty easy going. So we didn't bicker too much.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Our Texas experience has been that until my husband became a U.S. Citizen, nothing could be done online. He had to go in person to show his greencard yet again and wait two hours to change his address (Houston location near IAH). We amused ourselves during the wait watching really bad parallel parking outside the big plate glass window. Emails to headquarters in Austin to say surely you know he has a greencard from previous visits revealed that "we don't capture that information so it must be shown in person each time". Don't know if that has changed yet.

Parallel parking tip for TX DPS--hit a pole and you fail instantly, so make a weak attempt and pull out. You only lose some points. Also use blinker before pulling out, even though you are only in a parking lot behind the building.

Thank you very much for the last paragraph. I have been driving for 13years Before i moved here and i failed my driving test at rosenberg centre. What was my fault?

1. I didn't turn on blinkers while doing parallel parking(after a neat parallel parking-my fault)

2. He said i drove 25m/hr on a 45m/hr zone.

He told me i could get shot for impeding traffic.lol

I had to reshedule for the 7th.

I almost cried coz i couldnt believe it and now i am more nervous than i was the first time coz i cant afford to fail again???????

Edited by Unchained

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Thank you very much for the last paragraph. I have been driving for 13years Before i moved here and i failed my driving test at rosenberg centre. What was my fault?

1. I didn't turn on blinkers while doing parallel parking(after a neat parallel parking-my fault)

2. He said i drove 25m/hr on a 45m/hr zone.

He told me i could get shot for impeding traffic.lol

I had to reshedule for the 7th.

I almost cried coz i couldnt believe it and now i am more nervous than i was the first time coz i cant afford to fail again???????

You get three chances before you have to pay again. My husband took his at Angleton and lost a few points (I think 4) for the blinker pulling out of a perfect parallel parking. The examiner didn't even give him the full test. Half of it was blank. She said "I can tell you are a good driver. You pass", after he drove around two blocks in a residential section.

Do you also know when changing lanes 1) turn on blinker, 2) look in mirror, AND 3) look over your shoulder behind you to the lane you will enter. They want you to turn your head and check the blind spot you might miss in the mirror. If you don't do that already, then practice it so those three things are seamless. Just a quick turn of the head, chin almost to shoulder, to make sure nobody is in that lane.

Yeah, going slow is as dangerous as going too fast. Speed it up.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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You get three chances before you have to pay again. My husband took his at Angleton and lost a few points (I think 4) for the blinker pulling out of a perfect parallel parking. The examiner didn't even give him the full test. Half of it was blank. She said "I can tell you are a good driver. You pass", after he drove around two blocks in a residential section.

Do you also know when changing lanes 1) turn on blinker, 2) look in mirror, AND 3) look over your shoulder behind you to the lane you will enter. They want you to turn your head and check the blind spot you might miss in the mirror. If you don't do that already, then practice it so those three things are seamless. Just a quick turn of the head, chin almost to shoulder, to make sure nobody is in that lane.

Yeah, going slow is as dangerous as going too fast. Speed it up.

Thank you so much for the heads-up.

I figured looking over the should is very important to them because he mentioned my observation was bad. lol

Well I guess i know better now.

But would they have me do the driving test all over again from the beginning or just the areas i failed?

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Thank you so much for the heads-up.

I figured looking over the should is very important to them because he mentioned my observation was bad. lol

Well I guess i know better now.

But would they have me do the driving test all over again from the beginning or just the areas i failed?

New day. Whole new test I would think.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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