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SEVP on Social Security Number and Driver’s License Issues of International Students

  • The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is aware of current difficulties that some F and M students have when applying for a Social Security number (SSN) or driver’s license. SEVP and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program are working on a solution that they will implement on September 14, 2012.

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ICE Publishes Fact Sheet On Applying For Drivers License Or State Identification Card

ICE fact sheet provides information to designated School officials(DSOs) and responsible officers(ROs) in order to help F, M, or J nonimmigrant visa holders (including both primary and dependent status holders) obtain driver’s licenses or state identification cards.

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DHS Publishes Final Rule On Deadline For State Compliance On REAL ID Act

[Federal Register: March 7, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 44)]
[Rules and Regulations]              
[Page 12269-12271]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []

Rules and Regulations
                                                Federal Register

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Hey all my FNU friends

United States

I Just got license today... that too without birth certificate...

It happened like this...

I was trying for license in different DMVs... last week went to a DMV near to my house.. there they dont have facility for written test, vision test etc..
But they processed my application. The lady at the counter was nice enough and didnt mind my name problem in VISA.. she took photo and and signature.. then said, as i dont have a usa license, i've to take written test.. for that i need to go another DMV. And she issued a letter saying that..

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Successfully changed my name everywhere

United States

Rules are strictly followed here. Only thing we need to wait for a long time.. This is what I did to correct my name everywhere

1. April 2005 - FNU - Passport, Visa

2. July 2005 - because of this SSN got delayed for 4 months and received with FNU

3. July 2005 - DMV refused to give license, because they cannot give license with FNU.

4. July 2005 - Enquired local newspapers in Philly - They told that I need to get court order number

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Implications of Acohol-Related Convictions, such as DUI, on Immigration or H-1B

I am on H1B visa and was charged with DUI(1st off, no injuries, no aggravating factors) on October 29th,2017 at 2:30 AM in Harrisburg,PA. Took breathalyzer test and also the eye test was taken. After that I was taken to the booking center for bio-metrics and blood test. After 3 hours I was allowed to go home. I have been charged with the following: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely - 1st Off 10/24/2017 DUI: High Rte of Alc (Bac.10 - <.16) 1st Off 10/24/2017 Obedience to traffic control devices - hazardous condition 10/24/2017 What should be the next steps to be taken. Also how and what can be done to reduce the charges?

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Minimum Standards for Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes

Pursuant to REAL ID regulations, beginning December 1, 2014, federal agencies may not accept State-issued driver's licenses or identification cards for official purposes from individuals born after December 1, 1964, unless the license or card is REAL ID-compliant and was issued by a compliant State as determined by DHS.

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