The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced
The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced that before they will be issuing a valid driver’s license to a foreign national they will need verification from the USCIS SAVE verification process program of the individual’s legal status in the U.S. A problem has arisen when the application for extension is being processed and has not yet been adjudicated by the USCIS. While immigration regulations provide that the alien is authorized to be engaged in employment for an additional period of 240 days, this information is not reflected in the SAVE system and the Texas Department of Public Safety will not be issuing a driver’s license.
Unless the various different governmental agencies work together to resolve the conflicts created by the various different systems, there will likely be some foreign nationals who are authorized to work under immigration laws and regulations, but may not be able to get driver’s license or extensions of existing valid licenses. This means that filing the extensions on the very first day of eligibility is crucial and it may be necessary to consider utilization of the premium processing procedure to enable the extensions to be processed prior to the expiration of the present visa status.
On November 18, the USCIS announced that the E-Verify system has now created a capability of identifying potential fraudulent use of Social Security numbers. Once there has been a determination that a Social Security has been misused, it can be locked so that further utilization of that number would be prohibited in the future. If the employee uses a locked number, they will be receiving a notification from the Social Security Administration of a “Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC)”. This will enable the applicant to visit with the Social Security Administration field office to clarify the situation and to obtain the appropriate clearance.
Thus, the good news is that various U.S. and state governmental agencies are communicating with each other. Unfortunately, the bad news is that various U.S. and state governmental agencies are communicating with each other!