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Posting to Help a friend at work. His friend lives Mexico and she have traveled to Tuscon, Arizona several times but he said she used some kind of permit. He lives in Tennessee, USA and she'd like to visit him but says the document she has will not allow her to go beyond Tuscon which seems very different. Is there any one from Mexico/other who have had experience with this?

I told him she would require a tourist visa to visit since he's unsure of the type of visa/permit she currently hold that would even allow her to cross the border.

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May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

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Posting to Help a friend at work. His friend lives Mexico and she have traveled to Tuscon, Arizona several times but he said she used some kind of permit. He lives in Tennessee, USA and she'd like to visit him but says the document she has will not allow her to go beyond Tuscon which seems very different. Is there any one from Mexico/other who have had experience with this?

I told him she would require a tourist visa to visit since he's unsure of the type of visa/permit she currently hold that would even allow her to cross the border.

Thanks for the replies

(reposted for aanwers)

Sounds like she's got a Border Crossing Card. I don't know a lot about them except that the ones they call "Laser Visas" only permit visits of up to 72 hours and within 25 miles of the border. An exception is made for Tuscon, allowing for 65 miles. These are issued mainly to Mexicans who live in Mexico and have day jobs in US border towns.


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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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Sounds like she's got a Border Crossing Card. I don't know a lot about them except that the ones they call "Laser Visas" only permit visits of up to 72 hours and within 25 miles of the border. An exception is made for Tuscon, allowing for 65 miles. These are issued mainly to Mexicans who live in Mexico and have day jobs in US border towns.

Man thank you for your answer...! i have no knowledge about this and you seem to have it all.

I will pass the information to him. because he said she asked her to visit him in Tennessee which is about 15 hours away or more by car but says she is not able to travel there. Now with having such a privilege to cross the border.. do you think it would be easier to get a tourist visa..?

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Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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jim seems no one else have the experience with the permit / possible visa type.


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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jim seems no one else have the experience with the permit / possible visa type.

I don't have any experience with them either. I don't live that close to the Mexican border. I just read about them on the internet. :blush:

I really don't know if having a border crossing card of this type would making it any easier to get a visitor visa. I suppose if the alien has had the card for a while and never violated the terms of the card then it might help, but I'm just guessing.


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Man thank you for your answer...! i have no knowledge about this and you seem to have it all.

I will pass the information to him. because he said she asked her to visit him in Tennessee which is about 15 hours away or more by car but says she is not able to travel there. Now with having such a privilege to cross the border.. do you think it would be easier to get a tourist visa..?

Hi Ricardo,

You've helped me so much and I hope that this information will help you to help your friend. :)

Like Jim, I've also read about it online at some point and I found the information here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1266.html

To directly answer your question though: Technically, it should be easier to get the B1/B2 visa since she has the Border Crossing Card (BCC) because a person must meet the same requirements for the B1/B2 in order to obtain the BCC.

Excerpt from: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1266.html

Qualifying for a Border Crossing Card

  • B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Mexico.
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1/B2 visas.
  • They must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico that would compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.


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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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Hi Ricardo,

You've helped me so much and I hope that this information will help you to help your friend. :)

Like Jim, I've also read about it online at some point and I found the information here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1266.html

To directly answer your question though: Technically, it should be easier to get the B1/B2 visa since she has the Border Crossing Card (BCC) because a person must meet the same requirements for the B1/B2 in order to obtain the BCC.

Excerpt from: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1266.html

Qualifying for a Border Crossing Card

  • B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and resident in Mexico.
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1/B2 visas.
  • They must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico that would compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.

I appreciate the time u took to look into it as well. Thumbs...


Current cut off date F2A - Current 

Brother's Journey (F2A) - PD Dec 30, 2010


Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
Nov 18 2011 - Sent COA
Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
Oct 25 2012 - Sent AOS/IV Package

Oct 29 2012 - Pkg Delivered
Dec 24 2012 - Case Complete

May 17 2013 - Interview-Approved

July 19 2013 - Enter the USA

"... Answer when you are called..."

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