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My fiancé arrived last week from Honduras. We are a little confused on how license/social security works. Our lawyer says he can drive in Alabama with a Honduras licenses. And my friend who is a state trooper says he can not. Our lawyer also said we had to wait until the green card for social security but we also have a friend at the social security office saying he can with the form i94. Can someone give me info on their experience. I’m just confused since everyone is telling me something different!

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Just now, Shelbi said:

My fiancé arrived last week from Honduras. We are a little confused on how license/social security works. Our lawyer says he can drive in Alabama with a Honduras licenses. And my friend who is a state trooper says he can not. Our lawyer also said we had to wait until the green card for social security but we also have a friend at the social security office saying he can with the form i94. Can someone give me info on their experience. I’m just confused since everyone is telling me something different!

K1 can apply for ssn within the first 75 days after arrival.   I would listen to the trooper


YMMV

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Trooper has more of a say if you get pulled over than the attorney. ;)

 

General rule is that once somebody is a resident (note: not an immigration status), they need a state DL within x days.


Timelines:

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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:

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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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Lawyer sounds clueless.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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26 minutes ago, Shelbi said:

My fiancé arrived last week from Honduras. We are a little confused on how license/social security works. Our lawyer says he can drive in Alabama with a Honduras licenses. And my friend who is a state trooper says he can not. Our lawyer also said we had to wait until the green card for social security but we also have a friend at the social security office saying he can with the form i94. Can someone give me info on their experience. I’m just confused since everyone is telling me something different!

 

You can get an SSN with the I-94 or with the green card. Either one is fine, but practically speaking it's better to wait until you have the green card anyway since you can't work on a K-1 visa.

 

For his driving license, he'll very likely need to be a resident of the state first, so he should get an International Drivers Permit from Honduras if he wants to drive here I'm pretty sure.

 

Either way, I would generally lean toward taking legal advice from a lawyer over random friends and police officers. While police generally have a decent idea of the law, it's quite often that they're flat out wrong. You also have recourse if the lawyer is wrong, but you have absolutely no recourse if your friends are wrong.

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Some people had already got the SSN after 14 days of arriving to the SS Office even though it seem to take them 3 or more weeks. I'm one of them as I let my man apply before getting married (Ah wait, you're on CR1 so that doesn't apply... but I read somewhere that those who enter the states gets the SSN after days of arriving?)

 

On the other hand, the driver license... International DL may be ok but it'll be best to read up over the DL handbook in the state he'll be living in and get ready to pass written/driving permit test. I was under the impression that it seem like people go through that and then get the original DL. It will also keep your SO from accidentally getting into trouble.

 

I also seem to notice once peoples get the EAD or GC they'll go to the DL office and apply for the DL then.

 

Well, I just wrote this as in K1 Visa who enters but now realized you're on CR1 Visa. This gonna be a different story then. Sorry.

 

Ps. Some lawyers don't know everything yet, and state trooper is likely telling you the better result yet but keep reading on this forum and you'll stumble across how you can do it.


K-1 Visa process (I'm the USC [F])

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Sent packet: August 10, 2018

USCIS Received package: August 14, 2018
Notification in text/email: August 17, 2018
Mail received from USCIS: January 22, 2019
USCIS Approved I-129F Petition: January 17, 2019

NVC Received Case: February 14, 2019

NVC Case # Assigned: February 14, 2019

US Embassy Received: Not sure but got email reply - March 11, 2019
Instructions Received via e-mail: March 19, 2019

Interview: May 7, 2019 - Approved!
Arriving to US/POE: June 12, 2019
Married July 15, 2019

 

AOS Process
Sent packet: July 27, 2019
USCIS Received Package: July 29, 2019
[Hiccup] Package was sent back due to incorrect fee and sent on August 5, 2019.
Notification in text/email: August 12, 2019 @ 12:30AM
Check cashed: August 12, 2019
NOA 1 Mail: August 16, 2019
Biometric: September 5, 2019 @ Atlanta, GA

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7 hours ago, Shelbi said:

My fiancé arrived last week from Honduras. We are a little confused on how license/social security works. Our lawyer says he can drive in Alabama with a Honduras licenses. And my friend who is a state trooper says he can not. Our lawyer also said we had to wait until the green card for social security but we also have a friend at the social security office saying he can with the form i94. Can someone give me info on their experience. I’m just confused since everyone is telling me something different!

Got to your states DL website and read the materials there. I would not trust what the lawyer is saying.

 

Also, there is a SSN thread that talks about everything that you need to do to get a SSN within days of arrival.

 

Simple Instructions on how to apply for and receive a Social Security Card/Number

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WHOBLEkvkVlUEnW-F9FK8idDTV1bm_D3/view?usp=sharing

Sub-forum for the discussion of Social Security Numbers on VJ

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/156-social-security-numbers/


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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