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Trouble with CA driver's license renewal (i-797c)
Hi, I'm a college student with F-1 visa, and I'm having
a trouble with the CA driver's license renewal. I used to have E-2, so I could have
my original license without any problem (E-2 expired on August 25, 2009 as I turned
21). I should've worked on switching E-2 to F-1 couple months earlier, but I started
changing my status with my lawyer couple weeks before my 21st birthday instead.
Here comes the problem: it takes 2~3 months to actually get the I-20, and my CA
driver's license expired on August 24, 2009. I heard that I could renew my license
with the I-797C, a notice of action (receipt), that I received a few days ago.
So I went to the DMV, and all they were saying was "bring your legal document."
I tried to explain I-797 is a legal document and I'm in the process of getting a new
visa, but they repeated the same thing over and over.
If I'm in the middle of switching my visa, and already received the notice of action,
can I renew my driver's license? maybe a temporary one at least so I drive to school
with my car?
Try to visit another DMV in a nearby city.
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney or immigration guru in anyway or form.
Contributions: Small contributions and participated in San Jose, CA rally. Contributed to 2009 campaign.
Reference: Have introduced few friends to IV.
I do not know the difference between I797C and I 797. As far as I know, "notice of approval" (form I 797) with attached I 94 is considered "acceptable document" for CA DMV.
Ask for the supervisor and they may know this.
If your I 797C is actually different from I 797 (or it does not have I 94 attached), they will not renew your license as they are just clerk to "follow the rules" written in the book.
In that case, contact your congressman (local senator or House representative) and they MAY be able to help. This is an ongoing problem in most states and no one has come to a solution...
PERM filed: Feb 2008 Chicago Processing Center
PERM approved: March 2008
I 140 filed: April 2008 Nebraska Service Center
I 140 approved: Sep 2008 Nebraska Service Center
EB1A: I 140 filed: July 2009. Approved 12/09
EB2 NIW: I 140 filed: July 2009. Approved 12/09
I-485 filed Dec 2009
I-485 approved April 2010
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