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Hi, everyone! I hope someone could help me here! Last year I was able to get my drivers permit to learn how to drive because of my student visa. Now that I am married with a US citizen and we're waiting for our green card application process, is it possible for me to renew my drivers permit (now that it's expired) while waiting for my EAD? I need to start my driving lessons soon that way when my EAD is here I can get my driver's license. Does anyone have an experience like this? Thank you very much for your help.
I just went to the California DMV with my husband to get his driver's license, we had all the necessary documents, or so we thought. The person helping us looked at his Brazilian passport, and said that the stamp endorsing the CR-1 visa was "not an I-551 stamp" according to the very old policy manuals. For a number of years now the visa itself has a statement near the bottom that reads "Upon Endorsement Serves as Temporary I-551 Evidencing Permanent Residency for 1 Year." Meaning that a simple entry stamp at POE with the date and status (CR-1) and Alien number is the endorsement referred to on the visa. I asked for a supervisor, so she went and spoke with her boss. Then came back and looked on her computer some more. In the end she said, "sorry, this stamp in the passport has to specifically say "processed for I-551. I cannot give you a driver's license until you have this or a green card." We drove to the Sacramento Airport to try and get a stamp that would satisfy this but could not speak with a CBP officer. Our only option now is to try for an appointment at an USCIS office and get something that a California DMV might accept. Or return to the same or different DMV and try to explain to them that the entry stamp is all that is needed to endorse the I-551 already stated on the visa. Any suggestions anyone?? This is very frustrating to say the least....