US Citizens can renew their Texas drive licenses on line generally. (When you renew on line, you are asked to answer the question “Are you a US Citizen?” You check YES or NO.)
BUT what about everyone else who is NOT a US citizen?
1. DPS Driver license offices in Texas were closed in mid-March so an in person renewal is not possible.
2. Per order of the Governor of Texas, expiration dates for driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, and other identification forms have been waived.
3. The waiver or suspension was ordered to be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal driver license operations have resumed.
For more information about this waiver, go to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website.
If you have a nonimmigrant visa classification with a specific expiration date, it is likely your Texas drive license will expire on the date your visa classification or status expires. In the past, you could go to the DPS office and show the USCIS notice of action or receipt showing that a petition or application to extend your status was pending with the USCIS. The DPS office generally would tell you that DPS would have to verify whether there was a pending application or petition. In most cases, you would receive a letter within 30 days or less advising you to come back to the DPS office and the renewal of your license would proceed. That is not possible now but you may continue to drive with the expired driver license pursuant to the COVID19 policy in effect since mid March.
April 2, 2020
YES, the Diversity Visa Lottery is alive and well. MOST foreign nationals can file from October 3, 2018 through November 6, 2018 so long as they have completed the equivalent of a US high school education or have worked for at least two years within the last five years in a qualifying occupation.
The diversity visa lottery was established by the US Congress almost 30 years ago to increase the number of persons who could immigrate to the United States from countries with historically low rates of immigration. Individuals born in the following countries are NOT eligible for the 2020 lottery:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Phillipines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Note that persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
To apply and to get more information about qualification, go to www.dvlottery.state.gov. Multiple entries will disqualify you!!
Failure to list all your dependents could mean you will not be issued an immigrant visa, if you are chosen for a diversity visa.
Should you apply this year? YES, as it could be the last year of the diversity visa lottery depending on what Congress does in 2019 in terms of immigration legislation.
As of today, we believe the answer is “It depends.” The information below is based on initial information and may be revised in the near future.
FIRST, as of September 5, 2017, NO ONE can file for his or her first DACA.
SECOND, if you have your first DACA application on file with the USCIS, that application may be approved.
THIRD, if you have DACA status that expires on or before March 5, 2018, you can still file an I821D application to renew your status and an I765 application for work authorization—requesting two more years of DACA status. This must be filed before October 5, 2017.
FOURTH, IF your DACA status expires after March 5, 2018, you will not be able to file applications to renew your status.
FIFTH, there will be no more advance paroles granted for persons with DACA.
Now more than ever is the time to become an advocate. You can contact the senators for your state and the congressman for your district. But whenever possible, urge your coworkers, your fellow students, your USC relatives, your doctor, your dentist, members of your church to do the same. Our elected representatives from Texas need to know that many, many us citizens support the bipartisan bills already introduced in congress to allow the DACA population to become permanent residents and to be allowed to remain in the united states.
ALL males in the US, except for those with NONIMMIGRANT status (such as E, F, G, H, L among others), must register for Selective Service with the US Department of Defense, Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 26. This requirement applies to US Citizen, Permanent Resident, and undocumented males. This requirement does NOT apply to females. This registration can be completed on-line at www.sss.gov or by mailing in a registration card available at US Post Offices and other locations.
This is strictly a Registration. The United States does NOT have a draft or mandatory military service.
In order to be able to apply for college and university financial aid for federal grants and loans and for some scholarships, a male under 26 would have to be registered for Selective Service. Otherwise he would not be eligible for the grants and loans. This could include work study programs at a university.
If a permanent resident male under the age of 31 applies for naturalization (US citizenship) and has failed to register for Selective Service—assuming he was a permanent resident between the ages of 18 and 26—his application could be delayed or even denied in some cases. (If the applicant did not know about the registration requirement, his affidavit of explanation would be required.)
KEY: The Selective Service registration is important for all male permanent residents if they became permanent residents before their 26th birthday.