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I don't think you can "exchange" your German drivers license for a NY state license. You have to head over to the Department of Motor Vehicles and fill out an application to take the permit written test. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-driver-license Good luck!


AOS Timeline (I'm petitioning for my husband who came here on a B2 visa in 2007 and has overstayed since)

Married: 5/6/2016

AOS & EAD mailed 10/4/2016 (i-485, i-130, i-785, i-693, i-864)

(day 1) Package received 10/7/2016 (Chicago Lockbox)

(day 16) NOA1 10/23/2016

(day 41) Bio appointment 11/17/2016 (Brooklyn office)

(day 70) EAD approved: 12/16/2016

(day 78) EAD received: 12/24/2016

(day 82) Reported typo on EAD card: 12/27/2016

(day 109) Received Corrected EAD Card: 1/23/2017

(day 294) Case updated online to interview is scheduled for Aug 29th 7/27/2017

(day 327) *Interview date* RFE Received on the spot due to missing certificate of citizenship 8/29/2017

(day 329) RFE reply sent back 8/31/2017

(day 330) RFE Received (checked USPS tracking #): 9/1/2017

(day 358) Text message received that card is in production: 9/30/2017

 

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In NY if you have an out of state drivers license you are still able to drive without any restrictions when you get your NYS learners permit


K1 PROCESS-

4/13/16: I-129F sent to Lockbox

4/14/16: USCIS Receipt Date

4/19/16: NOA 1 text/ email; case sent to CSC

7/14/16: NOA 2 text/ email & Post Decision Activity Email

7/29/16: NVC Received Case

8/01/16: NVC assigned case number

8/08/16: Medical Interview

8/23/16: Consulate Interview

9/05/16: Visa Delivered

9/06/16: POE

AOS PROCESS-

9/17/16: AOS/ EAD/ AP Paperwork Sent

9/21/16: NOA 1 texts/ emails

9/26/16: NOA 1 hard copies

10/11/16: Biometrics Walk-In

10/12/16: RFIE Received (for AOS)

10/19/16: RFIE Response Sent

11/17/16: EAD/ AP Approved

11/25/16: EAD/ AP Received

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You cant. You have to start from scratch unfortunately. Do the written test and an eye test to get the learner permit, do a 5 hour course and then do the road test. I don't know the process for K1. I came on a Cr1 and I used my marriage certificate, passport and ssn (this was before I got my green card).

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You cant. You have to start from scratch unfortunately. Do the written test and an eye test to get the learner permit, do a 5 hour course and then do the road test. I don't know the process for K1. I came on a Cr1 and I used my marriage certificate, passport and ssn (this was before I got my green card).

That is true in terms of actually getting a NYS drivers license, but you are still permitted to drive without restriction during the whole process if you have a drivers license from another country. So in other words, just because you have to start from scratch does not mean that you cannot drive during that period. This is what it says on the DMV website:

If driver license from another country and I have a NYS learner permit. Can I drive without a supervising driver?

Yes. Your valid foreign driver license allows you to drive without a supervising driver. You can drive on any street, road, highway, bridge, or tunnel, except in a DMV road test area.

If your driver license is printed in any language except English, you must bring an International Driving Permit or a certified translation of your driver license to the road test. The translation must be certified by a consulate, the US Department of State, or another official agency. The translation must include


K1 PROCESS-

4/13/16: I-129F sent to Lockbox

4/14/16: USCIS Receipt Date

4/19/16: NOA 1 text/ email; case sent to CSC

7/14/16: NOA 2 text/ email & Post Decision Activity Email

7/29/16: NVC Received Case

8/01/16: NVC assigned case number

8/08/16: Medical Interview

8/23/16: Consulate Interview

9/05/16: Visa Delivered

9/06/16: POE

AOS PROCESS-

9/17/16: AOS/ EAD/ AP Paperwork Sent

9/21/16: NOA 1 texts/ emails

9/26/16: NOA 1 hard copies

10/11/16: Biometrics Walk-In

10/12/16: RFIE Received (for AOS)

10/19/16: RFIE Response Sent

11/17/16: EAD/ AP Approved

11/25/16: EAD/ AP Received

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Great. I didn't know that. I just decided if I got pulled over I'd tell them I'm a tourist since visitors are allowed to drive with their international license. Lol...


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  • NOA1/Notice of receipt: Sept. 15, 2015
  • NOA2/I130 Approved: February 8, 2016 (NO RFE) :)
  • Process slowed down by us
  • Sent documents to NVC: April 11, 2016
  • Scan date: April 14/ May 7th (NVC said both I dont know why)
  • Case Complete: May 31, 2016 (No checklist) :dancing:
August 17, 2016: Visa Approved!!!! :dancing:

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