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What would you do in this situation ??????? how could he get a florida driver's license with an approved I130... in florida?

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so my husband got pulled over by the police yesterday can you believe it in his own yard. he was pulling into the carport and 3 police officers pulled up and ask him for his driver's license. this is not good for him because he doesn't possess one been driving for 4 years living in same same area and this has happen twice by the same police department. the cops had no meaning why they pulled him he was turning his car around to back it in our drive way. if you ask me they saw he was Hispanic and thought he was illegal with no driver's license but how could they have known just by judging a person's race to pull them mindful he was in his own yard own property! ....... he has not always had the same vehicle and neither vehicle is in his name both have tinted windows.

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This is not an immigration question as far as the Florida DL is concerned. It is a question of Florida law, which I, as an immigration attorney, need not know unless I practice in Florida. As far as the implied racial intend of the stop is concerned, even if it is true, he is in the large company of many. If you would like to explore this issue, you need a civil rights attorney in Florida.

NYC EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS; email:; Phone: (866) 456-­8654; Fax: 212-964-0440; Cell: 212-202-0325. The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


An approved I-130 does not give a person legal status in the U.S.

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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


he should obtain a driver's license. He should meet with an immigration attorney to obtain proper documentation so that he may obtain a driver's license.


Robert Brown LLC
Baldwin Park Center
4767 New Broad Street
Orlando, Florida 32814


Contact Mr. Brown or other attorneys stationed in Florida for more specific information on this question of a DL. They are best situated to answer it.


Under Florida law the beneficiary of an I-130 is not entitled to a drivers license. The alien must show that he or she is lawfully present and/or taking action to become lawfully present. Without knowing the facts of your husband's case is it impossible to determine what he might be eligible for. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney familiar with Florida DMV issues for appropriate advice.

While this answer is provided by a Florida Bar Certified Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law, it is for general information purposes only and an attorney/client relationship is neither intended nor created. You should seek out qualified counsel to review your case and provide you with advice specific to your situation. Call +1-561-478-5353 to schedule a consultation with Mr. Devore.


We would need to know additional information about your case to help you. An approved I-130 does not make a person eligible for a FL driver license. You may, however, obtain a DL if you have received a work authorization. We would need to know more about your husband's case before we could tell you if he is eligible for a Driver License or any immigration relief. You would be well advised to consult with a local attorney specializing in immigration law.

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