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turvatron May 1st 2016 4:52 am

Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my name
 
Hi all,

I would really appreciate some advice on what i am going to have to do to get my driving license in Georgia. I Currently only hold a PROVISIONAL UK driving license.

I have already done all my research into becoming a citizen and i know what i need to do, i am getting married in 3 weeks, to the love of my life, the reason i am here is because of her, then i will apply to adjust my status as i am here overstaying a VWP. I have seeked lawyers advise on all the paperwork and we are well prepared.

I would like to get my driving license here in GA. I have looked on many advice points on the dmv but there is nothing tailored to my exact situation, ie, A british national, obtaining US residency (green Card) learning to drive in georgia.

Can anybody please help me on the logistics of what i need to do in this process?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Noorah101 May 1st 2016 4:58 am

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
You will need to wait until you have a SSN and EAD in hand, then you can take the written and road test to get your license.

Rene

turvatron May 1st 2016 5:04 am

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
and thats it? as easy as that?! sounds great. do i need a permit? i am 28 years of age. thanks for your quick response!

Vimto May 1st 2016 5:59 am

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
In Georgia use the official Department of Driver Services site for the correct info, there are other sites out on the net but this is the official one
Home - Department of Driver Services


There is a section : Information for Non-US Citizens, it states you will need to prove your legal status in order to obtain a license, if you don't yet have your green card or a visa stamped in your passport but have been resident in the state for more than 30 days then legally you should not be driving until you gain legal status.


Once you have a legal right to remain then the driving exam and test are easy. The is a link to a typical exam and the drivers manual on the above mentioned website

mrken30 May 1st 2016 6:01 am

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 

Originally Posted by turvatron (Post 11936503)
Hi all,


I have already done all my research into becoming a citizen and i know what i need to do, i am getting married in 3 weeks, to the love of my life, the reason i am here is because of her, then i will apply to adjust my status as i am here overstaying a VWP. I have seeked lawyers advise on all the paperwork and we are well prepared.

.

It took me a year to get my spouse visa and subsequently my green card. I had to stay in the UK while my wife was in the US. Not sure if the time will vary as you are intending to adjust your status here while on a visa waiver.

Noorah101 May 1st 2016 6:17 am

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 

Originally Posted by mrken30 (Post 11936528)
It took me a year to get my spouse visa and subsequently my green card. I had to stay in the UK while my wife was in the US. Not sure if the time will vary as you are intending to adjust your status here while on a visa waiver.

Your situation is completely different to that of the OP.

Rene

BubbleChog May 1st 2016 3:03 pm

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
I've just done this here in ATL.

If you intend to have driving lessons and/or practice driving before you take your test then you need a learners permit.

Instructional Permit (Class CP)

As you need to have proof of your lawful LPR status I don't think you will be applying anytime soon

mikelincs May 1st 2016 3:16 pm

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 

Originally Posted by turvatron (Post 11936509)
and thats it? as easy as that?! sounds great. do i need a permit? i am 28 years of age. thanks for your quick response!

You do realise that overstaying on a VWP could have consequences, AOS from the VWP is fraught with dangers, so You would be best to keep your head down and wait till you get the AOS complete and have a green card in hand BEFORE doing anything else at all, and ensure that you do NOT come to the attention of any law enforcement agencies.

Boiler May 1st 2016 5:19 pm

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Originally Posted by mikelincs (Post 11936761)
You do realise that overstaying on a VWP could have consequences, AOS from the VWP is fraught with dangers, so You would be best to keep your head down and wait till you get the AOS complete and have a green card in hand BEFORE doing anything else at all, and ensure that you do NOT come to the attention of any law enforcement agencies.

:rofl::rofl:

Usually for most States the first thing you get is EAD which allows you to apply for a DL.

mrken30 May 1st 2016 6:21 pm

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 

Originally Posted by Noorah101 (Post 11936537)
Your situation is completely different to that of the OP.

Rene

My situation was exactly the same, except I decided it was better not to over stay my VWP and returned back to the UK while my new wife remained in the US. It may not have been the best option, it's the option our immigration lawyer recommended. She said overstaying on a visa waiver may cause complications. We just got a lot of airmiles going back and forth for a year.

petitefrancaise May 1st 2016 6:41 pm

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Your immigration status is checked on the computer at the drivers license center. If your status is at all dubious, then I wouldn't even attempt to get a license.

Boiler May 1st 2016 6:42 pm

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Originally Posted by mrken30 (Post 11936857)
My situation was exactly the same, except I decided it was better not to over stay my VWP and returned back to the UK while my new wife remained in the US. It may not have been the best option, it's the option our immigration lawyer recommended. She said overstaying on a visa waiver may cause complications. We just got a lot of airmiles going back and forth for a year.

Most immigration lawyers would say the opposite btw.

mrken30 May 1st 2016 6:48 pm

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Originally Posted by Boiler (Post 11936875)
Most immigration lawyers would say the opposite btw.

That's interesting, we just used a lawyer a friend recommended. Different lawyers have different experiences and opinions. It would have saved a lot of money on flights and I would have sold my house at the height of the property market instead of the low. Maybe lawyers earn more going the consular route. How long does AOS generally take?

Live and learn.

civilservant May 1st 2016 6:51 pm

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
I took the test in GA last August. Laughably easy.

Reverse 100 feet in a straight line, parallel park in enough space for an Abrams Tank, and a short ride around a single lane roads.

Boiler May 1st 2016 6:54 pm

Re: Obtaining Drivers License In Georgia, Only a provisional UK driving License 2 my
 
Most people do not use lawyers for family immigration.

VWP Express seems to be the norm amongst people I have actually met.


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