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  11 Mar, 20


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.

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 CBP officer. Be prepared.

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

In this example case, the officer asked to cross the border 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.

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

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

Mall Address: 1600 Water St, Laredo, TX 78040

The mall used to have free parking earlier but now, there is no free option as reported by some users recently.

Parking cost is $2 per hour with maximum $16.

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 speaks English.

So, Just follow this image sign to help your self to reach Bridge 1.

To enter Bridge 1, you can either use quarters or cash to get the coins, they also have a change maker kiosk. The fee to enter bridge is USD $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.
Keep paper i94 safely as you would be asked to show it while you are travelling back from Laredo, TX back into US at 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.

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

Can I Visit Laredo, TX Mexico Border to get new i94 after passport Renewal?

You can visit US Mecixo border at Laredo in Texas to get new i94 after passport renewal.

What are Laredo Border CBP officer Opening Hours?

The i94 correction / extensions are done 24x7x365.

What is i94 Extension Processing Time at Laredo Border?

i94 is updated online on CBP immediately. The waiting time can be 15 min to 1 hour. So be prepared.

Is new i94 attached to Old passport Number?

Yes, the new i94 is attached to old and expired passport number. There is no need to worry as it is normal process.

You can download your new i94 from CBP i94 website using old passport number.

Is Appointment required for i94 Update at Laredo?

No appointment is required for visiting CBP office at Laredo border. Neither do they have any option of appointments. It’s a walk in facility.

Is My Travel history updated after I94 is issued At Laredo Border?

Your travel history is updated with both “Most Recent Entry” date and “Admit Until” modified.

Is there a Police Checkpoint on i35 while coming Back in USA?

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


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  1. irfanmohammed
    irfanmohammed

    Hi Anil,

    i am planning to travel to Laredo TX to get my I-94 updated in February 2nd week. have a question, if the officer asks us to cross the border, and i use the bridge 1 to cross in to mexico, do i need to see a mexican immigration official after entering mexico to get any kind of arrival stamp in my passport ? does the officer at Port of entry check for any stamping in my passport to validate i did enter mexico ?

    thanks,
    irfan.


  2. sand
    sand

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you for the post. I followed exact direction and got my I94 renewed last Saturday.

    Couple of updated on border closure due to COVID-19

    • People on H1B can still cross border and come back. This was the case when I went last Saturday. However please call CBP office, Laredo TX and re-check.
    • Entering bridge 1 through outlet mall was closed. I had to walk down the stairs and cross road to reach turnstile.
    • Gate was closed at yellow line. However I requested CBP officer standing there and he opened the gate after checking that I had H1B


  3. vardhanm
    vardhanm

    Thank you @sand for the update.

    My i94 expired 2 months ago with my old passport but my H1 is still valid. I need a new i94.

    I am planning to goto San Ysidro border in San Diego, but I’m not sure if I will be allowed to re-enter US.


  4. sand
    sand

    I would suggest you first try CBP office at border on US side. If they don’t renew, then confirm if you can re-enter with your current documents.


  5. Vinoda_Badaga
    Vinoda_Badaga

    Hi,

    I am waiting for Canada border to open. I have a visitor visa to Canada. If that border doesn’t open then planning to travel to Laredo or other sentri enrollment center. Last option is to fly to India on June 13.


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