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H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

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Chicago, Illinois
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H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

My experience at the Tijuana US consulate was the best so far - finger printing - Feb 13th, interview - Feb 14th and visa collection - Feb 15th. We had hired a travel agent/H1B expert Jorge Gonzales (San Diego Leasure - http://www.sandiegoleisure.com/TIJUANAVISASTAMPING.html). While you deal with him you will get to know that he is very honest and reliable person and he will make sure you are confortable with the whole process. He will make sure he clears all your doubt regarding the immigration and border crossing. It has been the best experiance with him and I am writing my experence just because of the courtesy of his services to us.

- he booked the hotel stay, paid for amazing breakfast, and travel to and fro from Sandiego and US Consulate offices. He helped us right from calling a day before and making sure we have all documents necessary for finger printing the next day - sure enough we had wrong payment receipt which he found and we got the right one print out the same day of the correct document. He picked up directly from the Hotel in San Diego at 9:45am and we crossed the border via ReadyLane (VIP Vehicles only) where we didnt have to stop at all. We were dropped to our hotel to freshen up at 10:30am and our figer printing was at 12:30pm. We dropped our luggage and left at 11:30am and were out and done in 30 mins. I went there with my husband with individual H1B and individual appointment, but they informed that you just need one application since you are family. So something I learnt was even though you have different petition but if you are married then they require only one application as family. We had the rest of our day for our self and we took a cab ride (I would recommend Uber to get around anywhere) to Revolution street. The next day our interview time was 9:15am so he came to pick us at 8:15 am, left the purse and phone with Jorge and went in at 8:35am. Inside the consulate they did the basic scanner check and gave us a single number for me and my husband. At first counter - she checked our documents and passport, second counter verified the finger prints and third counter - was for the interview. The gentleman was very polite and started going through the DS160 and passport and was training a new employee.


1. Where do you work and what do you do there?

2. Asked for employment letter

3. What is your base pay.

Thank you! your visa is approved.

We were relieved and out of the interview at 9:20am with approved visa. We went to Hotel Ceasers (this is where Ceaser Salad was invented) that day to enjoy Valentine's day and they even sang to us at the restaurant. The next day we left for Rosarita beach and had the visa pickup after 3:00pm. We got the passport with valid visa at 3:05pm and we left for San Diego. While crossing the border we went via the fast lane which we had to go across on foot for may be half a block. We got to the other side and Jorge picked us up and checked out passport and told us our I94 was not stamped. He asked us to go back and make sure we pay $6 for I94 and get the stamp. He was very informative and made sure that the visa/pasport/I94 work is completed as it was supposed to be. Lucky for us we found him and everything went smoothly.

My opionion is if you dont want to get stressed and worried its worth paying few hundred dollars extra to make sure you are back in US without issues. We will definately do this again with him in next few years.

Hope this helps someone looking to go to Tijuana for visa stamping.

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1. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

There are many reasons behind H1B Visa Rejections such as

The USA embassy provided 65000 H1B visas every year with additional 20,000 visas for those who have completed their master’s or PHD in USA. The chances for certain applicants to face the H1B rejection keeps the applicant nail-biting until the result are announced. Majority get their visa approved while few are left behind in the queue waiting for the approval or disapproval.

There are following Reasons for H1B Visa Rejection:

-When petitioning Employer’s failure to meet requirement

-Inadequate showing of employee/employer relationship

-Based on worker-beneficiary lack of specialized knowledge or skills

Employee inadmissibility

-Evidence request is the most common point for the H1B Rejection

-Poor presentation during H-1B visa interview etc.

Check out all the above reasons in details here at:


First of all prepare for visa interview and go for it you will definitely get approved your visa.

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2. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

thanks for info..do we still need I-94 stamped on passport even though now its done online?

3. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

Which hotel did you stay at ?

Anaheim, California
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4. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

There's a City Express on Lázaro Cardenas and Universidad near the US Consulate. The rooms are absolutely tiny but all you're doing is sleeping and showering there. There's also a Fiesta Inn right across the boulevard. If you want to stay more in town, there are better and cheaper places closer to the Zona Río and downtown.

5. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

Are they still allowing Third Country Nationals to renew H1B in Tijuana ? Somebody told me that they stopped.

6. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

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7. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

They are - I'm doing it in a couple of weeks.

8. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

Can we get first time H1B visa stamping in Tijuana? My understanding is that Canada is the only option available if you are doing a change of status from F1 to H1B and don't want to travel to your home country?



Stuttgart, Germany
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9. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

Stamping if for coming into the U.S. on foot, online stamping is for people flying into the U.S.

Stuttgart, Germany
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10. Re: H1B - Visa stamping Success in Tijuana

Third country nationals can still renew their visa in Mexico, even the U.S. consulate serves the local nationals as primary.

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