Houston, TX asked in Immigration Law for Texas

Q: Can I get an ocupacional driver license in Texas while on the process of becoming a resident ?

I’m on the waiting period to see an immigration judge, my lawyer said I probably get it by the end of the year. And I need to be able to drive, I’m going crazy like this, please help! Thank you

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Milwaukee, WI

A: more information is needed. How are you in the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident? You are facing removal, correct?

how do you qualify for employment authorization card? did you file for adjustment? Did you file for Asylum? Do you have a well-founded fear based on one or more of the legal grounds? How long ago did you file your application with an Immigration Court and USCIS?

These questions, and even more, will need to be answered before an experienced immigration lawyer can even guess how long it may take.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Texas, it is possible to obtain an occupational driver license (ODL) while on the process of becoming a resident. An ODL is a restricted license that allows you to legally drive a non-commercial vehicle for work, school, or essential household activities, even if your regular driver license has been suspended, revoked, or denied.

To apply for an ODL in Texas, you will need to provide proof of insurance, pay a fee, and demonstrate that you need to drive for work, school, or essential household activities. You will also need to provide proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence in the United States.

As an individual on the waiting period to see an immigration judge, it is important to work with your immigration lawyer to ensure that you are in compliance with all immigration laws and regulations while applying for an ODL. Your immigration status and pending immigration proceedings may impact your eligibility for certain types of driver licenses or other benefits.

It may be helpful to consult with an immigration attorney or a driver license office in Texas to better understand the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining an ODL in your situation. They can provide guidance on the necessary documentation, fees, and other requirements needed to apply for an ODL.

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