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Update on Drivers’ Licenses for Immigrants.

Posted: April 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

I have been in contact the member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) who serves as the liaison between our organization and T.N. Prakash, Deputy Director of Program Operations, Division of Driver Licenses.  Mr. Prakash has been the main agency person in charge of drivers’ licenses for immigrants.

I asked them to confirm whether the following individuals can qualify for new or renewed drivers’ licenses:

The following individuals can qualify for new or renewed drivers’ licenses:

  1. Applicants with a I-797 receipt  seeking a change or extension of status to non-working nonimmigrant (B, E dependent, F, etc.) This is the case even if they don’t get a social security number.
  2. Applicants with the I-797 receipt notice seeking a change or extension of status to non-working nonimmigrant (B, E dependent, F, etc.)—Again, This is the case even if they don’t get a social security number.
  3. As long as they are valid E-2 nonimmigrants, applicants with expired E visa by valid I-94 card (card typically issued with 24 month validity regardless of the visa expiration date)—

The bottom line is, an applicant can receive licenses with the receipts if they can show the status was filed for while still in valid status. The Social Security number does not control.  If anyone in valid status has difficulty procuring their driver’s license, contact our offices where we should be able to help.

Chris

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.



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