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First off, Merry X-Mas and Happy Holidays to all VJ members. My question is about driving in New Jersey. Can my wife use her unexpired Philippines Drivers License in NJ while waiting for our AOS/EAD approvals? NJ DMV won't issue a license because my wife currently is no longer K-1 since we were married. They said we must wait for EAD first. I thought I read somewhere that Philippines here can drive

legally as long as their native license is still current. I'd appreciate anyone who is familiar with this issue to shed some light for us. We were so disaapointed when we went to DMV that we never thought to ask them about this. I can always try to call them or go back but was hoping for a reply from someone who had the same issue as we do. Thanks and have a great holiday!

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Some DL from certain countries allow foreigners to drive in the state for a limited amount of time. Call the DMV to get clarification on this. If NJ only allows 90 days and your wife is within those days then she would be fine. If not, then you will have to wait until the EAD.

NJ is one of the strict states when it comes to obtaining licenses. Be prepared for her to take the written and driving test. Sometimes the driving test can be up to a month after passing the written test, which sucks.

Good luck

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Thx for the replies. I agree calling or even stopping by again would be best. NJ gives one answer on the phone but different answers in person, too. Maybe if their employees had a PRINTED book of rules to refer to, they would be on the same page. Frustrating as hell but what can you do?

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Here's a link to the New Jersey DMV page on driver's licenses:


Of particular note:

You may use your country's driver license as proof of driving experience if you have an International Driver Permit issued by your country or if your country is a member of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic and your license is translated into English by a consulate or an MVC approved translator

Be sure to print out the web page and bring it with you if you plan on using this as the basis for applying for a license as not all DMV personnel are up on the regulations.

Good luck!

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Hi, ddtenor. I also saw that page weeks ago. It doesn't specifically cover a K1 visa, not as far as I can interpret from their list of categories. The best wsy, I guess, is to get clarification from DMV. And, the Philippines is on the list of countries that are allowed to drive in the US.

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*** Thread is moved from the AOS/Family-Based main forum to the Moving to the US forum, to be among similar threads. ***

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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