Sounds like your wife has a sweetheart deal with her University! I hope all goes well. But even so, flying half way around the world is going to be very rough on her. I wish you all the best in and her at least some rest. Good luck to both of you.
Thanks. Yeah it's a pretty good deal. But I'll tell you they are hurting for English teachers badly. I was even offered a job though my Chinese is lousy. I have no desire to teach English, although my wife wants me to as well. I tell her why should I take some young struggling Chinese persons opportunity (unemployment is pretty high there).
It's a 13 hour flight from Newark, NJ to Beijing. She (or I) don't mind the flight, unless there is a crying baby near by.
yes you can. You do need a SS number, but I do know of a couple that got their license with only that plus of course proof of residence (bills with their name and address on them).
Yeah, the key is the social security card. Even Virginia Natural gas wanted my wife's SSN to put her name on the bill. I have to say, VA is pretty tough with it's requirements. Not sure about the rest of the country.
From the VA DMV Link:
You will need original documents that prove the following:
- Legal presence in the United States
- Social security number, if you have been issued one
- Virginia residency
All documents are subject to verification.
for example here is 1/4th of the items needed.
Proof of Identity
Documents submitted as primary proof of identity must show
your full legal name and date of birth. Nicknames will not be
accepted. You must present at least one document from the
primary list of documents. The second proof of identity may
come from either the primary list or the secondary list. If two of
your proofs of identity are issued by the same entity, such as the
same state agency, DMV may require additional proof of identity
documents. Individuals under the age of 19 are required to
provide only one proof of identity from the primary list.
• >>Virginia DMV-issued driver’s license unexpired or expired for
not more than one year.
• Virginia DMV-issued learner’s/instruction permit unexpired or
expired for not more than one year. If presented by an individual
age 19 years or older, the learner’s/instruction permit must have
been issued after September 21, 2001.
• Virginia DMV-issued photo identification card (excluding child ID
cards) issued after September 21, 2001 unexpired or expired for
not more than one year.
• >>Unexpired U.S. [issued by a U.S. state (other than Virginia),
jurisdiction or territory] or Canadian driver’s license or learner’s/
instruction permit (with photo), not less than 60 days old (other
foreign country and international driver’s licenses are not
• Birth document issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory (birth
documents issued by a hospital, and foreign birth certificates are
• >>Unexpired photo ID card, not less than 60 days old, issued by a
U.S. state (other than Virginia), jurisdiction or
territory (school/employee ID cards and Native American
citizenship cards are not accepted).
• >>Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card
(DD-2 or Common Access Card). (Military dependent ID cards are
not accepted as primary documents).
• Unexpired or expired U.S. passport.
• >>Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired or expired visa
• >>Unexpired foreign passport with an I-94W.
• >>Unexpired foreign passport with an I-551 stamp
• U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
• U.S. Certificate of Citizenship.
• Unexpired Conditional Resident Alien Card (I-551) valid for two
• U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
• >>Unexpired Temporary Resident ID Card
• >>Unexpired Employment Authorization Card (I-688A, I-688B
• >>Unexpired Refugee Travel Document (I-571).
• >>Resident Alien Card, Permanent Resident Card, Northern
Marianas Card (I-551) unexpired or expired for not more than one
• Certification of Report of Birth of a U.S. Citizen (DS-1350).
• Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545).
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
• Asylees or applicants for asylum may present an application for
asylum along with documentation from the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Service or U.S. Immigration Court
indicating either receipt or approval of the application.
• Any primary document marked with “
” symbol that is
unexpired or expired for NOT more than five years.
• U.S. Selective Service Card.
• Court order for adoption, name change or gender change from a
U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory. Must contain court seal. Abstracts
of criminal/civil convictions are not accepted).
• U.S. military discharge papers .
• Certified copy of school records/transcript issued by a school
accredited by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory OR a Virginia
Department of Education Certificate of Enrollment form (a report
card is not accepted).
• Medicare Card/Medicaid Card.
• Unexpired welfare/social services identification card with photo,
issued by a municipality.
• Marriage license issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, territory or
• Unexpired military dependent ID card with photo.
• Unexpired weapons or gun permit issued by federal, state or
• Unexpired U.S. pilot’s license.
• INS form I-797 displaying applicant’s name (depending on the
nature and purpose of the form, the I-797 may not be accepted).
• U.S. Department of State form DS-2019 (applicant’s name must
appear on the form).
• Veterans Universal Access Identification Card.
• Authorization for Parole of an Alien into the U.S. (I-512).
• Virginia Criminal Justice Agency Offender Information Form.
• United States Probation Offender Information Form.
• INS student or dependent SEVIS I-20 with or without INS stamp
(applicant’s name must appear on the form).
• U.S. Federal Agency Employer ID Card with applicant’s name and