S_K_A Posted February 1, 2011 Report Share Posted February 1, 2011 I thought of posting this as i read lot of questions about getting I-94 on Tijuana (Mexico/ San Diego (US) border Background - I got H1B approval (Transfer) without I-94 (I was Out of status as my previous H transfer got denied a month back) so in order to again start working i had to get new I-94 based on new petition. I had my previous employer H1B Visa stamped valid till Nov 2011 and also had valid I-94 valid till Nov 2011 here is what happened then: 1- I reached San Diego airport at 11:15 in the night. Took shuttle ($40) to reach to San Ysidro (last exit on I-5 before you get in Mexico) Shuttle drive stopped me just at the border at around 11:55 pm (it is approx half n hr drive from airport) 2- it was kind of quite with few people standing talking but people were regularly coming and dropping people there. I waited for around 10 min just to see and then proceeded towards border on foot 3 - it is basically a big road with multiple lanes on both direction for cars to cross the border in either direction. You have kind of closed/secured walkway on both side of the road way. If you are standing in US and looking towards Max then right hand side walkway is to go to Max and left side walk way is to come to US. Cab drive dropped me on the right side (good guy) 4 - I started walking on the walkway. once you get in that walkway the only direction you can go is straight ahead. right side are couple of Max building and guards are standing and left side is the big road and there are iron bars between you and road. 5 - I took few steps and got through a big one way revolving gate. Just after revolving gate, right side, there is a small guard checkpost and Maxian guards are standing there. PLEASE DO NOT STOP THERE KEEP WALKING as you are allowed to go to Max (assuming you have a valid US visa in your passport) 6 - After taking few more steps (less than 0.1 mile) I saw another one way iron revolving door. I passed through that and i was in Mexico. You would see few Cab and drive. They will ask you where do you want to go (off course in Spanish :). you actually don't even have to go close to the cabs. 7 - The moment you come out of 2nd revolving gate you would see a over bridge to go to other side of the road. Remember you are currently on right side of the big road and in order to come to US you have to go to other side of the road. So take that big over-bridge, walk across, come down and take left on walk way 8 - You would again see a one way revolving gate, get through that and you would see few US Border security guard. They will ask if you need permit (if they do not ask please tell them that you need permit/I94) they will ask you to get in to a small building on the right side 9 - I went inside but had to wait for 15-20 min as officers were not there (may be because it was middle of the night or shift change) 10 - I gave my passport and petition. He figured out that the reason I am looking for new I-94 because I got new petition. Strangely he was not sure if he can give me I-94 as my passport had visa from my previous employer and the new H1B - I797 i had, from different employer. He asked me â€œdid they tell you to get new visa ?â€ . I got bit scared and told him that my attorney informed me that it is OK to have different employer visa (as long as it is valid). He said OK but still need to check with his Boss. He made a quick call to his supervisor, talked for a min and came back on his desk and gave me new I-94. the officer took my old I-94 card 11 - I was asked to pay $6 in nearby counter (fee to get new I-94) I paid that and lady stapled new I-94 in my passport. 12 - I came out of the building and started walking towards right after taking few steps walkway ended in a building. that is the place for custom and final check of visa. lady on the counter asked me to show my passport. She had a quick look scanned it and let me go and I was in back in US with new I-94. 13- It was middle of the night very less number of people were there and there was NO line. After coming out of the building you would see few Cabs and they would take you any where you would like to go. There is a train/Trolley station as well but train would start running from 4:40 am. 14 - It took me less than an hr from US border to back to US (including 15 waiting to see the POE officer, phone call, discussion etc) I am just posting this to answer all the people who are saying that now a days they are not giving I-94 on Tijuana border. they were always giving and they are giving now as well. as long as you have a valid reason. How is that possible that on Border they stopped giving I-94.. good luck to any one who attempt to go there... Link to comment
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