An individual living in this state is, with certain exceptions, required to obtain a PA Driver's license. Under section 1506 of the vehicle code, a non-citizen must establish lawful presence in the US and PA to obtain a PA license. PennDOT may then issue a license if the person will be in the US or PA lawfully for more than a year. Expiration and renewal of a non citizen's PA license is governed by section 1514 (e) of the Vehicle Code. A license granted to a non-citizen will expire when that person's visa expires. Aperson illegally in PA cannot get a valid driver's license. Whoever you friend is should speak to an experienced immigration attorney immediately to find out if there is a way to extend or renew the visa or otherwise legally stay in this state.
Without passing judgment, I begin by acknowledging that our great nation was founded by immigrants from many countries. Many left their homes and families in dire poverty to find a better life for themselves here. The same cannot be said for someone who entered this country on a "tourist" visa. Despite your excuses, when he remains in our country after his tourist visa expired, your friend is taking advantage of our nation's hospitality in violation of the law. It is improper for an attorney to provide advice to a criminal for the purpose of assisting that individual to commit a crime. If your friend wants to stay in our country, he should contact an immigration attorney and submit the appropriate documentation. Otherwise, he will likely be found, deported, and prohibited from re-entry for a minimum of 10 years.
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