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Hi, I am wondering if anyone can tell me at what point of the green card process can you get your drivers license in America? If you have a license from back home are you able to drive here? Or do you have to wait until you have your green card? 

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10 minutes ago, Scotty23 said:

Hi, I am wondering if anyone can tell me at what point of the green card process can you get your drivers license in America? If you have a license from back home are you able to drive here? Or do you have to wait until you have your green card? 

That will depend on the state regulations where you live. You will need to look at your state DMV website. In my state for instance, there was no need to wait until the green card arrived. The earliest you can obtain it here is with an EAD (and other things such as a valid SSN and your name on a piece of mail or bank statement - so ensure that you get those things as soon as possible). Drivers with a valid foreign license can skip most of the long hours of classes and drive time requirements, and take a simple written and road test. Once my husband got his EAD, he had his valid MD license within a week. This was a temporary license good for as long as the EAD is valid. You return to the DMV once your green card arrives and swap it out for a full one.


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Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

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30 minutes ago, Scotty23 said:

Or do you have to wait until you have your green card? 

^^ Seems likely.

Even those with K-1 visas encounter issues:

The alternative is to move to a different state where you are allowed to receive a drivers license.

Edited by HRQX

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40 minutes ago, Scotty23 said:

Hi, I am wondering if anyone can tell me at what point of the green card process can you get your drivers license in America?

Varies by state.

 

40 minutes ago, Scotty23 said:

If you have a license from back home are you able to drive here?

Also varies by state. In Texas, one can drive on their foreign DL for up to 90 days AFTER receiving GC (becoming a resident of Texas).

 

41 minutes ago, Scotty23 said:

Or do you have to wait until you have your green card?

This varies, too.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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Check with your local state's DMV rules. Driver licenses are issued by the state so they set their own rules for requirements.

 

Generally, once somebody is a resident of a state (don't confuse this with anything related to immigration status/residency!), they cannot drive on an out of state (including out of country) license after x days.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Posted (edited)
22 minutes ago, junkmart said:

In Texas, one can drive on their foreign DL for up to 90 days AFTER receiving GC (becoming a resident of Texas).

One can be a resident of Texas before receiving the GC. As @geowrian stated: "don't confuse this with anything related to immigration status/residency!"

"New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/movingtotexas.htm

Edited by HRQX

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2 minutes ago, HRQX said:

One can be a resident of Texas before receiving the GC. As @geowrian stated: "don't confuse this with anything related to immigration status/residency!"

"New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/movingtotexas.htm

thanks, I've read that, and visited my local DPS, and consulted with my immigration attorney. I was advised by all that since I am not eligible for a license until after getting a green card, that the green card date will be considered the date I became a resident of Texas.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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4 minutes ago, junkmart said:

thanks, I've read that, and visited my local DPS, and consulted with my immigration attorney.

Did you print out the following, and showed it to them: http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/documents/verifyingLawfulPresence.pdf

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Applicants for adjustment of status Note: These are individuals applying to become lawful permanent residents.

Immigration documentation with an alien number or I-94 number

This can include but is not limited to a form I-797 indicating pending I-485 or pending application for adjustment of status.

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37 minutes ago, junkmart said:

thanks, I've read that, and visited my local DPS, and consulted with my immigration attorney. I was advised by all that since I am not eligible for a license until after getting a green card, that the green card date will be considered the date I became a resident of Texas.

So if, for example, it took 3 years to get a green card, you wouldn't be a resident of Texas? Where would be your residency? What about taxes?

 

/sarcasm :P

Even people who enter the US illegally can have US residency. It just requires living in an area for a minimum period of time (varies by state) with intent to remain there.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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2 hours ago, HRQX said:

Also:

Both users above had their applications sent to secondary verification. @baconmunch got the license before the AOS-based EAD was approved.

Well, it's already a done deal for me. Nothing I can do about it now. But thanks for all the feedback. Hope it helps  the OP.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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2 hours ago, geowrian said:

So if, for example, it took 3 years to get a green card, you wouldn't be a resident of Texas? Where would be your residency? What about taxes?

 

/sarcasm :P

Even people who enter the US illegally can have US residency. It just requires living in an area for a minimum period of time (varies by state) with intent to remain there.

Understood. Thanks


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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3 hours ago, junkmart said:
4 hours ago, Scotty23 said:

If you have a license from back home are you able to drive here?

Also varies by state. In Texas, one can drive on their foreign DL for up to 90 days AFTER receiving GC (becoming a resident of Texas).

OP, what I SHOULD have said above was, In Texas, one can drive on their foreign DL for up to 90 days AFTER becoming a resident of Texas.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

2019-04-22 Interview Notice received via USPS

2019-05-20 Interview: Approved after 82 days.

2019-05-21 Card in production

2019-05-22 Card was mailed to you (no tracking)

2019-05-23 Update that USPS picked up the card (included tracking number). Estimated arrival: May 28

2019-05-24 I-130 and I-485 Approval Letters received via USPS.

2019-05-29 Green Card in hand.

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Hey Scotty, here's the link for NJ driver's licence requirements: https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/license/docselector/index.htm. There are various document requirements that are acceptable. The issue may be the period between I-94 being valid and then proving legal presence during AOS. Here in Michigan they accepted the 797c (AOS NOA) as proof of my legal presence but different states have different requirements. If you manage to get a licence in the 90 days that the I-94 is valid then you may be "out of status" between then and receiving the NOA for your AOS application, and therefor unable to legally drive.  

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When I moved here, I took my passport and home country's driver's license to my local DMV. My driver's license was used as verification of existing driving history and not having to take the pre-license test as new drivers have to take. My I-551 stamp in my passport was sufficient evidence for me to start the process of getting my Florida driver's license.

 

My driver's license was issued same day after my driving test was completed and my conditional green card did not arrive until the end of that said month.


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GOT MARRIED: 3-APR-2015 :wub:

HUSBAND FILED I-130: 29-MAY-2015

VISAS APPROVED: 15-JUN-2016

VISAS IN HAND; GREEN CARD FEES PAID: 21-JUN-2016

PORT OF ENTRY - FT. LAUDERDALE INTL AIRPORT: 06-AUG-2016
CONDITIONAL GREEN CARDS RECEIVED: 23-SEP-2016
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FILE SENT TO NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTER 11-MAY-2019
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