i94 Extension Laredo TX US Mexico Border – Bridge 1 experience

Anil Gupta  16 Mar, 19      72  USA

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.

Related: How to get FBI Clearance Certificate – Visa Immigration

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.

Related: Renew Indian passport in USA with CKGS by post

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

Laredo tx Valero gas station closest parking to CBP office
Laredo tx Valero gas station closest parking to CBP office
i94 correction CBP office laredo tx is visible from Valero Gas Station
i94 correction CBP office laredo tx is visible from Valero Gas Station
Walk to CBP office at Laredo TX for i94 extension
Walk to CBP office at Laredo TX for i94 extension

Related: H4 EAD Documents, Sample new Application and Renewals

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

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

Laredo TX outlet mall border free parking
Laredo TX outlet mall border free parking

Walking from CBP office to Laredo Bridge 1

Walk to bridge 1 from CBP office
Walk to bridge 1 from CBP office

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.

Crossing Bridge 1 by walking at Laredo TX
Crossing Bridge 1 by walking at Laredo TX

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

Cross bridge 1 mid-way at Laredo to join US i94 line
Cross bridge 1 mid-way at Laredo to join US i94 line
Laredo bridge1 crossing half way on bridge
Laredo bridge1 crossing half way on bridge

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.

   Read all 72 Q & A

1 2


  1. Suman Jookuri   15 Mar, 19 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Anil for the post, its really helped me to get my son’s (Age 7 Yrs) I94 Today (03/15/2019).

    Putting more details on my son’s case and it may helpful if anyone in such situations.

    My son’s I94 expired on 09/18/2018 due to passport expiry. However, He has L2 visa until 09/15/2019. I had renewed the passport before it expires but didn’t renew I94. Initially I thought its not really necessary for minor kids based on the experience from few people. I came to know while preparing documents for H1B this year. My company asked to get the new I94 as the old one expired and went into “Out of status”. My lawyer suggested to file the i-539 via non pro tunc but it will take any where between 2 Months to 6 Months. Also during this time we can’t leave US and we can’t file L2 visa extension for him. So final option is international travel. We are close to 180 day period so at any cost I thought of renew within 180 days period which my lawyer suggested. There is chance of Visa cancellation if its beyond the 180 days period (It may not be case for minors but there is no evidence). I followed this post and get it done in 2 hours. Started from Bridge 1 at around 8 AM and came out by 10 AM. It was big line Today due to Monday holiday in Mexico. At PoE they simply asked about our passports and asked to go to other counter to get I94. They didn’t even see my I797 or any other documents. They just go by Visa stamping date. Not sure if its my luck, it doesn’t look the officers are well trained and we got our I94 with date of 2022. We have L1/L2 visa until 2022 but petition is there until Sep 2019.
    I have only suggestion based on my experience. Don’t research too much as you will too many questions and not all the cases are same.

  2. Aditya Agrawal   7 Mar, 19 at 2:58 am

    Thank you for this post . It is very helpful. I am planning to travel on a weekend. Are there any specific hours ?
    Also , is anyone else planning to travel to Laredo anytime soon. I am planning from Austin.

    • Anil Gupta   7 Mar, 19 at 9:27 am

      If you have read the article above, it is clearly mentioned that port of entry is open 24x7x365.

1 2