I am doing a change of status from J1 Au Pair Visa to F1 Visa and I need to wait for 3 or 4 months for the approval from immigration. I already have an Illinois Driver’s License but it expires next week so my question is if I can drive with the valid license from my country while waiting on the approval or what’s the option I have because I would need a drivers license to drive and fly and everything else in this period of few months. Thank you!
we have handled many cases similar to yours and here is a basic legal breakdown:
1. One foreign national may drive a car in the United States for the first three months in the US (90 days) from the day of one's admission to the US,
2. You have already been issued an Illinois driver's license that is visible during any road check by any police officer or state trooper thus, you MAY NOT legally drive any vehicle if your admission to the US was more than 90 days ago,
3. Finally, the State of Illinois will not renew any IL DL without a proof of legal status, so if, for the sake of the argument, you drive on an expired IL DL you will be cited "driving without a valid license" or "driving on an expired driver's license,"
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