Plano, TX asked in Immigration Law for Texas

Q: Can a Mexican citizen drive in the USA ? My Mexican girlfriend is worried about her Visa being taken away.

My understanding is she can drive her car here for no more than a year. She's worried that on her way back to Mexico they will question why she was here and what she was doing and that they might take away her Visa. Should she be worried? She would come on a travel visa and they usually give her 6 months .

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Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: According to Texas Department of Public Safety: "Driving privilege reciprocity allows a person to use a valid, unexpired foreign license to operate a motor vehicle in Texas for up to one year or until a person becomes a Texas resident, whichever date is sooner. Once a person becomes a new Texas resident, they must apply for a Texas license within 90 days to continue to drive legally."

To avoid loosing her visa, your girlfriend should make sure she knows when her authorized stay expires (i.e. the date before which she must leave the country), not engage in activity that is contrary to her non-immigrant visa (ex: employment) and not violate US laws.

Best wishes!

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