i94 Extension Laredo TX US Mexico Border – Bridge 1 experience

i94 extension laredo TX CBP Office- cross border, walk on bridge 1 (gateway to America) or without crossing border. $6 fees. Documents - New, old passport with US visa stamp, i797.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  15 Jul, 19

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Your last i94 entry to US was stamped to match your passport expiry. Once you renew your passport, you can visit Laredo TX, US Mexico border to get new i94 with validity matching your i797 approval.

Documents for i94 extension Laredo TX, US Mexico Border

  1. Original Approved i797.
    Example: If you are on H4 or H1B visa, your OWN approved i797 original document.
  2. Your Old (expired) and New passport.
    Example: the passport with your US visa stamp should also be carried in original.
  3. Your US address proof
    Could be any utility bill, your driving license, state ID, EAD card, Lease agreement.

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i94 extension Laredo TX Border crossing required or Not at Bridge 1?

First and most important, you may be asked to cross border. Its a 50-50 chance and is dependent on the immigration officer. Be prepared.

Both options are okay and can be done at Laredo, TX border easily.

In my case, the officer ASKED to cross the border on 1 June 2018 using Bridge 1 (Pedestrian Bridge over River Rio).
Bridge 2 is for cars coming into US from Mexico. You can use it too but I would not recommend.

STEP 1: Go to CBP office. Try your luck with immigration officer by asking correction of i94 based on renewed passport. If officer fixes your i94 to match your i797 date with new passport, you are lucky and you are done.

STEP 2. If you are asked to cross border and re-enter US, then use Bridge 1 (Called Gateway to America) to walk. Details given below with pictures.

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Laredo TX border Car Parking

#1. Parking closest to CBP office – Valero gas station

Valero gas station is right across the street from CBP office.
Park car, walk inside the store, buy a parking tag and then hang on your windshield.

Parking cost: $5 per hour. Just buy for 1 hour. If you take more time, you can pay later for extra time. They do not tow your car 🙂 Don’t worry.

Cross the street and you see yourself walking in the CBP office lot. Total walk time is just 2 minutes.

Exact address for Valero Gas Station is:

619 Farragut Street, Laredo, TX

#2 Free parking at Pedestrian Bridge 1 – Laredo Outlets Mall

You can park car in FREE 3 hour parking behind Outlets mall building.

Walking from CBP office to Laredo Bridge 1

Bridge 1 is about 10 blocks walk from Gas station (or CBP office) walking on Hindalgo St.
If you are first trying your luck at CBP office for i94 extension, you can choose to park free either at mall or Valero gas station (paid).

Walking from CBP office to Bridge 1 is not recommend with kid. Its a long walk. Better drive and park at free mall parking. The market that you walk through on Hindalgo street looks deserted too.

NOBODY on the street knows ENGLISH.

So, Just follow this image sign to help your self to reach Bridge 1.
No signs except the one on a red signal (shown in image) is visible for reaching Bridge 1.

Cross Laredo Bridge 1 mid-way to enter US i94 line

This is me after crossing the bridge midway (some people call it as ‘Jumping the line mid-way’).
There is no separate signal button / light to allow for crossing the street safely like you see on US streets generally. Just look for cars and then cross when you feel it is safe.

It is allowed to cross like this as I confirmed from the US police officers posted on the other side of street, before crossing.

After this point, you should enter the ‘General Queue‘.
Do not enter the ‘SENTRI‘ line since you do not have a SENTRI card.

Queue is smaller on weekdays (Mon – Friday) and you can get through the process within 15 minutes.
It takes a lot longer on weekends. I have heard timing from 2-3 hours as the line is longer.

Once you reach the immigration officer, you will be questioned same as you would have seen at PoE.

You have to pay $6 in cash per person here if you have not paid already online to get renewed i94.

Laredo, TX Port of Entry Address – i94 correction / Extension

The exact address for CBP office is

300 San Dario Avenue, Laredo, TX

If you are taking Uber or Lyft, you can set the Gas station address as your destination as this CBP office address might not come up in Google address search.

i94 extension fees – $6 – Cash or Online

#1 CASH payment

Look for PERMITS sign on the building entrance or door.
Once you are in, you can make the payment and wait for your name to be called.

The waiting lines may be long at CASH payment counter.

#2 ONLINE payment

So, it is advisable that you make the payment online at CBP website with ‘Land’ border’ entrance option.
This payment is valid for 7 days meaning that you can pay online and visit the border for i94 days anytime during those 7 days.
There are no refunds if you miss the 7 day deadline.
Payment receipt printout is required.

i94 extension interview questions

The immigration interview would be same as you would have faced (by immigration officer) while entering US at any port of entry (PoE) by Air or sea. They consider it same as your re-entry to US.

i94 extension approval

Once the officer is satisfied, he will take your finger prints and a picture. This is exactly same as what happens at port of entry.

You are given a paper I-94 i.e. your new updated i94 is printed on paper and given to you.
THIS IS REQUIRED as you would be asked to show it while you are travelling back from Laredo, TX back into US.
There is a vehicle inspection site on I35 North (interstate i-35N) around 25 miles from Laredo, TX.

Here, all vehicles are stopped and your immigration papers are checked. You would need you new i94 here.

Your passport is stamped with new dates as applicable per your approved I797 validity.

i94 extension at Laredo, TX Processing time

The whole process can take anywhere between 15 min to 1 hour. So be prepared.

No appointment is required. Neither do they have any option of appointments. It’s a walk in facility.

Once i94 is issued, it is updated immediately at CBP website too.

New i94 record is attached to OLD passport number?

This is fine. When CBP extends the i94 based on your renewed passport, they usually attach it to the same OLD and expired passport number.
So, if you search online on their website, you will be able to pull your new and updated i94 based on your OLD PASSPORT number.

Also, both “Most Recent Entry” date and “Admit Until” on I-94 are updated.

There is no need to worry here.

Laredo TX CBP i94 update opening hours

The i94 correction / extensions are done 24x7x365.

Laredo TX Checkpoint on i35

Yes, there is a checkpoint while coming back into US on i35 at about 28 miles i35 North.


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   126 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. Kiranmai K
    Kiranmai K 15 Jul, 19 at 5:00 am

    Thanks a ton Anil Gupta for taking time in posting this with each and every minute details. I underwent so much turmoil when I spoke to friends or attorneys about this but your efforts made it all easy. Thought of sharing my experience here.
    Old passport expiry- March 2019
    I-94 expiry-March 2019
    Visa validity-Sep 2019
    Visited Laredo TX CBP office on 14th July 2019 and did not cross the border, it worked out well for me at CBP office itself.
    In Laredo, TX, CBP officer asked for my old and new passports.
    My H4 petition and my husband’s H1 petition( which is valid till Mar 2020) were checked. He told me that he can give a new I-94 for me till Sep 2019 only and gave it till then. But it is not updated online when I checked now either with my old or new passport number. What can I do?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

      It is okay even if the i94 is not updated online. Your paper i94 is valid proof and can be used whenever you need to use i94.

       

      • Kiranmai K
        Kiranmai K 15 Jul, 19 at 7:47 pm

        Thank you for your response and would you mind sharing your email( just to send a thank you note) .And one more request/suggestion, if a search phrase has the word I-94 and if this post shows up first, it would be much more helpful to others who are in the same situation, just letting you know because this did not show up first in my searches..because most of them don’t know about this..

         

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 9:00 pm

          Thanks a lot for your feedback. We have the i94 word in title but not sure why Google still does not show it as first result.

          Sorry, but i cannot share my email on public platform.

          I am glad that it worked for you. Thank you for your feedback again.

           

  2. Sumanth
    Sumanth 8 Jul, 19 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for your post that helps a lot.
    My case is I had my F1 stamped in India and I am supposed to come on after July 13th to US. But I came early so at the airport they gave me visitor visa till 13th and asked me to cross the border and come back in to US.
    I am thinking to go to Laredo border.I should be fine right?
    Please let me know
    Thanks.

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 19 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, you can visit Laredo, TX and re-enter using your F1 visa.

       

  3. AravindM
    AravindM 15 Jun, 19 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Anil Gupta.Your post is very helpful.
    My Wife’s I-94 expired 5 months and we realized that only a week ago.
    We visited Laredo TX on 06/14.We first tried our luck at CBP office but CBP officer denied to update the I-94 not because of ours is already expired.They have a clear instructions to issue I-94 for the people who already crossed the border through buses.
    CBP officer was extremely friendly,verified our documents and assured that there won’t be any issue in crossing the bridge.
    We then went to the outlet mall and crossed the bridge-1 half way and we got the I-94 extended till the date mentioned in I-797 A copy.
    I can’t thank you enough for your post.

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jun, 19 at 8:50 am

      You are welcome. I am glad it helped.
      Do share the website with others if you liked it.

       

  4. Viyan Kundra
    Viyan Kundra 11 Jun, 19 at 9:31 pm

    So if we update I94 in Laredo crossing border, next time you apply for visa or Ds-160 for stamping we should mention country visited as Mexico ?
    or if I get I94 updated without crossing border , technically I am not visiting any other country ?

     

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 19 at 9:45 am

      There is no need to mention Mexico as country visited since you just used it as a transit.
      Even if you mention it as visited, there is nothing wrong.

       

      • Vinay Kundra
        Vinay Kundra 12 Jun, 19 at 7:35 pm

        Thanks Anil. but the travel history will be updated with arrival and departure details of laredo wit dates ?

         


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