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
- Original Approved i797.
Example: If you are on H4 or H1B visa, your OWN approved i797 original document.
- Your Old (expired) and New passport.
Example: the passport with your US visa stamp should also be carried in original.
- 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 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.
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.