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About ElGuapo88

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    Chicago Lockbox
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    West Palm Beach FL
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  1. When I first applied for my I-485 I was told by my attorney that I would have to wait until I received the employment authorization card in order to renew my driver's license. However, after doing some research I found the DMV's acceptable documents form and that said that the I-797 form (notice of action) for the pending I-485 was enough. I went in with all those documents, along with a printout of the DMV's page that stated these rules expecting some questions, but the DMV worker went ahead and processed the license without asking me any questions. I was under the impression that the extension letter served the same purpose as the stamp. If you have some time to spare and you can find a DMV office that's open, you might want to give it a try. The link I saved to the DMV doc no longer works, so I'm not sure if anything has changed since then (I did this in 2017). This is old, but on page 5 you'll see "I-797 for I-751" : https://www.immigrationlawmiami.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1600525/2020/05/Acceptable-documents-for-noncitizens-to-obtain-a-driver-s-license.pdf From DMV's website, shows I-797, however, it only mentions refugee status which is odd: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/what-to-bring/immigrant/ And I can't seem to find my original post on this topic, but a search brings up someone else's comment where they copied and pasted what I wrote: For anyone reading this who is in Florida - contrary to what the DMV website says, you CAN get a drivers license before receiving your EAD. Even my attorney told me the same thing. However, I did some research and found the DMV's "Acceptable Documents Table" and on page 13 under the section titled "I-797 for I-130 Pending" it states that a pending application is enough to get a license valid for 1 year. I went to the DMV with this page printed out as well as all the required documents. My wife came with me and brought her passport since it says they require evidence of petitioner's status. I was expecting the DMV worker to have no idea about this rule, however, he barely looked at the page I printed out and proceeded to ask for all the required documents without question. I have an expired Florida license, but I don't think that makes any difference. They do not give you an actual license right then and there. Instead, they print a slip out that serves as a temporary driving permit which can be used immediately, and is valid for 60 days. You would need some kind of picture ID along with this in case you get pulled over since the permit does not have a picture on it. If you enter your license number on the DMV's license check website, it shows as a valid license. It also says "Thank you for your recent driver license application. We are currently verifying your legal presence. Please allow 60 days from your application date before contacting us." The DMV worker told me that if I didn't receive the license by day 50, I should come back to the DMV. He scanned all the supporting documents so I'm assuming that someone has to manually verify the information before issuing a license. I hope this helps someone else, as not even my attorney knew about this rule.
  2. I filed in September, package was received on 9/18 and I just got my biometrics appointment on Friday 1/10 (Potomac service center)
  3. I filed in September, package was received on 9/18 and I just got my biometrics appointment on Friday 1/10
  4. I had a DUI on record (charges were dropped, but I don't think that matters from an immigration standpoint). The DUI occurred 10 years before receiving my GC. I have been sent to secondary each of the 5 times I have come back into the country since receiving my GC. They will most likely have the same experience, but should have no issues being admitted. A DUI is not considered a crime of moral turpitude. However, if the arrests happened after they received their GC, it may be a different issue.
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