TEXAS DRIVER’S LICENSE DELAYS FOR SOME FOREIGN NATIONALS DUE TO NEW POLICY

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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has implemented a new, statewide procedure for the verification of non-U.S. citizens’ immigration status and period of lawful stay. The new policy has had an immediate impact on applicants seeking renewed Texas driver’s licenses. Non-citizens should anticipate delays in the issuance of renewed driver’s licenses and plan accordingly. Despite what is stated in the requirements listed in the DPS’s Temporary Visitor Issuance Guide revised 10-2012, this unannounced policy negatively impacts those with pending extensions and applicants with pending I-485 applications to adjust to permanent resident.

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