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As the big day will be at the end of January to relocate in San Francisco , I am busy getting everything ready before moving , Do I need international driving licence from Egypt or as long as I will be a permanent resident I am not allowed to use an international driving licence .

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I believe there's a limited amount of time for which you can use the international licence.  Probably best to contact the licensing authority for the state  you'll be in.  Most countries let you use it for approx 3 months if you're immigrating, and unending if you're on a temporary visa. 

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I-130 Petition Process:

Sent petition to USCIS Chicago lockbox (via in-laws to put check in US$): 11 Mar, 2016

NOA1: 24 Mar, 2016 (email notification 30 Mar. Hardcopy 11 Apr)

Service Centre: NEBRASKA

NOA2: 3rd Aug 2016

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Case number assigned: 8th Sep 2016

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DS-260 submitted: 25th Jan 2017

AOS & IV Package sent: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite requested: 25th Jan 2017

Expedite approved (consulate only): 1st Feb 2017

Scan Date: 31st Jan 2017

Case Complete: 14th April 2017 (10 weeks 4 days)

Full expedite approved (bypass NVC to send file to embassy), however too late as I already had case complete 17th Apr 2017

Case arrived at Embassy: 21st April 2017

P4 letter received: 26th April 2017 (expedite at embassy stage so this came from the consulate, not NVC)

Medical date: 26th April 2017

Interview date: 4th May 2017 APPROVED!!

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California DOES NOT recognize the so called "international driving license." It will recognize a regular, Egyptian driving license until you have established "residency." It has nothing to do with having a green card. Just means that within a few months you will need to have a California driver license. Technically, you have 10 days, but in practice, just do it as soon as you can. After one traffic stop they may remember you and tell you , that you need to get it. 

California Vehicle Code §12502 and §12505

Note, that to get the license, you will need to bring proof of residency.


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June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
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