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Old Jun 11th 2012, 11:51 am
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two of my friends could not get there renewed this past winter

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Do they have SS numbers? We are talking about B2 visitors visas here and getting a license on that sound like an error and I would not get one to avoid confusion over residency and tax issues.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 12:04 pm
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Do they have SS numbers? We are talking about B2 visitors visas here and getting a license on that sound like an error and I would not get one to avoid confusion over residency and tax issues.
You could get florida licences up until the last year or so on a B-2
it was valid just the 180 days
all the snowbirds had them it helped a great deal with the insurance cost

then this new directive came in about federal Real I-D Act and that was the end of that
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 12:12 pm
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I know you can not get a DL with a Visitor Visa in CO, but why bother when you have 12 months on your UK one.

A friend of mine who admittedly was abusing the B2 big time, on one entry was taken to Secondary where the guy searched for some time to try and find a DL. The impression was that if he had had one he would have been on the next plane back.

Years ago you had to get a US DL to drive in at least some States and of course SSN's were easy to come by.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 12:25 pm
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You could get florida licences up until the last year or so on a B-2
it was valid just the 180 days
all the snowbirds had them it helped a great deal with the insurance cost

then this new directive came in about federal Real I-D Act and that was the end of that
Snowbirds are usually US citizens with SS numbers putting them in a different category to B2 visa holders.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 12:26 pm
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Snowbirds are usually US citizens with SS numbers putting them in a different category to B2 visa holders.
...and Canadians.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 2:41 pm
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Snowbirds are usually US citizens with SS numbers putting them in a different category to B2 visa holders.
Here in my part of florida Snowbirds are those people with weird tags who cant drive.... canadians and Brits by the thousands and a smattering of northerners mainly Michigan

other areas have all ohio people ..and so forth .. they are like tribes ..
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 2:55 pm
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This sounds strange to me. Drivers licenses are issued state by state, but usually you need proof of residency. On a B2 you would generally use your own foreign license and an international permit.
My Dad renews his DL on arrival each year as it gives him access to cheaper car insurance. He has a SSN - not sure if this makes a difference.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 4:07 pm
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My Dad renews his DL on arrival each year as it gives him access to cheaper car insurance. He has a SSN - not sure if this makes a difference.
SSN makes a huge difference as it's require to get a license in most states. I would still be careful about residency status though as your dad seems to be in a bit of a "twilight zone".
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:44 pm
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SSN makes a huge difference as it's require to get a license in most states. I would still be careful about residency status though as your dad seems to be in a bit of a "twilight zone".
Are you talking about residency status from a tax perspective? They usually spend I'd say 5 months and change per year in the US spread across one or two visits. The rest of the time is in Italy where they do have official residency status.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 7:31 pm
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Are you talking about residency status from a tax perspective? They usually spend I'd say 5 months and change per year in the US spread across one or two visits. The rest of the time is in Italy where they do have official residency status.
Yes I meant from a tax perspective. They don't spend enough time to be resident and the B2 is a non-resident visa so they are probably ok, but things like having a state driving license is one of the factors used to determine residency for tax purposes, so it just complicates things. I'd get rid of the state license and just drive on the Italian one.
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