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Hi guys. We are withing 13 days of traveling to Ciudad Juarez for the visa interview. We are kinda worried about how safe it is to cross the border. We are taking a flight into El Paso and plan to take a taxi cab across the border into our hotel. Does anyone know from experience if this is possible? I have heard some people say thehave to cross over by foot and take another taxi inside Mexico. We really would prefer not to do that. Any help will be appreciateed. :help:


April 2008- Met in person at Friday's Restaurant for dinner

July 2008 - Dating

Nov 2008 - He proposed!

July 25th 2009 - I do! Best day of my life

USCIS

July 26th 2011 - USCIS received I-130 ( I hate that we waited a long time, i guess at least we wont have to remove conditions)

Feb 8th 2012 - APPROVED!!! (197 Days or 6 1/2 months from NOA1)

NVC

Feb 21st 2012- Assign case number (13 days from approval)

March 9th 2012-Packet IV sent to NVC

March 14th 2012-NVC closed my case in 3 DAYS!!! Waiting for interview date = Nerve wrecking

Consulate

March 16th 2012-Biometrics Appointment

May 17th 2012-Interview day!!!

May 18th 2012-Will see my family again after more than 10 years...

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Ive done this. I wrote it on a previous post. I took the greyhound, so the bus left me not too far away from the border. I got a green taxi, called border taxi, and me charge 50 dlls around 2pm. THe driver was very nice and he assured me the streets to the hotel are safe and well transited. He took a fast gate into mexico, i think he paid a couple of bucks and a mexican agent checks your bags and asks obvious questions... if you have arms, drugs, fruits, money (large amounts that have to be declared). On the way back the misiones taxis are 250 pesos to the border. You probably dont know what a missiones taxi is, but you will. They have bases in the mall and around the consulate, they are safe and well known. You can also ask the border taxi which taxi to take back, theyll probably tell you the same thing.

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Hi guys. We are withing 13 days of traveling to Ciudad Juarez for the visa interview. We are kinda worried about how safe it is to cross the border. We are taking a flight into El Paso and plan to take a taxi cab across the border into our hotel. Does anyone know from experience if this is possible? I have heard some people say thehave to cross over by foot and take another taxi inside Mexico. We really would prefer not to do that. Any help will be appreciateed. :help:

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I did that in January and I also just came back from the waiver appt. Im a 30 yrs female and I had to travel and meet my husband in Juarez at out hotel. The first time I went to Juarez I used Amigo travel which was kind od hard communicating with since i used them to and from and i was charged $60. It was ok, even thought the driver did try charging ten dols more! :angry: But this last time i used Paisano Transportation and I loved it!!! The driver took me from the airport to my hotel in juarez. He only charged me $50. Also when coming back give the service a call that you plan on using since, waliking takes for ever and so does driving and it takes a couple hours to get out of Juarez. My flight was at noon I had to leave the hotel at 9.

Paisanos Transportation 915-346-2655

I rather spend 100 total round trip in transportation to and from el paso, which is so much cheaper then flying into juarez and This company made mee feel safe. The driver is very much reliable and can make reservations before your travel date so you dont have to worry thye day of.!!!

Good Luck and let me know if I can answer any questions. :P

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Ive done this. I wrote it on a previous post. I took the greyhound, so the bus left me not too far away from the border. I got a green taxi, called border taxi, and me charge 50 dlls around 2pm. THe driver was very nice and he assured me the streets to the hotel are safe and well transited. He took a fast gate into mexico, i think he paid a couple of bucks and a mexican agent checks your bags and asks obvious questions... if you have arms, drugs, fruits, money (large amounts that have to be declared). On the way back the misiones taxis are 250 pesos to the border. You probably dont know what a missiones taxi is, but you will. They have bases in the mall and around the consulate, they are safe and well known. You can also ask the border taxi which taxi to take back, theyll probably tell you the same thing.

The most cheapest way is Paisano transportation from El paso airport to the door of your hotel. $50 each way. There is a mall near by and is safe. There is a movie theater and a small casino at the mall aswell as an arcade place. Im my past experiances Juarez is as dangerous as any big city. Dont go out at night. Dont let people know any personal information and you should be fine.

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Thank you so much! I was worried I had to walk i just wanted to go straight to our hotel! How did your waiver appointment go lovAton? And when was your first interview? I hear they are taking a while to schedule waiver appointments. :unsure:


April 2008- Met in person at Friday's Restaurant for dinner

July 2008 - Dating

Nov 2008 - He proposed!

July 25th 2009 - I do! Best day of my life

USCIS

July 26th 2011 - USCIS received I-130 ( I hate that we waited a long time, i guess at least we wont have to remove conditions)

Feb 8th 2012 - APPROVED!!! (197 Days or 6 1/2 months from NOA1)

NVC

Feb 21st 2012- Assign case number (13 days from approval)

March 9th 2012-Packet IV sent to NVC

March 14th 2012-NVC closed my case in 3 DAYS!!! Waiting for interview date = Nerve wrecking

Consulate

March 16th 2012-Biometrics Appointment

May 17th 2012-Interview day!!!

May 18th 2012-Will see my family again after more than 10 years...

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Thank you so much! I was worried I had to walk i just wanted to go straight to our hotel! How did your waiver appointment go lovAton? And when was your first interview? I hear they are taking a while to schedule waiver appointments. :unsure:

My process has taken a little over two years to get to where I’m at today But I Have learned so MUCH Okay I submitted my I-130 in Feb 2010 It took until about July to get an interview date. I was very happy that same day since the person at USCIS told me she was going to approve my petition. There was some sort of mistake in a form that my case was not sent to the NVC like I was told and sent in the NOA where it said that I should let 6 months ago by before I either was contact by the NVC or for me to call them. 6 months went by; I call and inquire on my case, SURPRISE! My case was sent out to the file storage facility to consolidate my husbands A number file with my petition because my husband was out of the country by then. (He had voluntary departure in Dec. 2009 ) This was their mistake that cost me 6 additional months before I heard anything else. We finally completed the NVC process and we were given a visa appt. date of 1/17/2012. That was my first trip to Juarez I didn’t want my Hubby to have to worry about how to get everything done plus the interview itself all by himself. So we meet at the hotel (It was all on me to figure the hotel, my transportation and expenses.) on 1/11/2012. I wanted to give ourselves some breathing time before appts. just in case. His medical exam was on Friday morning, he was told to pick up the results on Monday. He had his biometrics appt. on Saturday morning. Explored on Sunday picked up the medical results on Monday and freaked out until Tuesday 1/17/2012 the day of his Visa interview. I waited outside of every appt., so after two hours he comes out and said he spent more time waiting to be called from a series of windows, I guess you turn in docs in one, pay at another and get interview in another? Time consuming for being asked about 5 questions. He was given a blue sheet with a checkmark where it said and was also told he was eligible to apply for the I-601 waiver, and my WORK was put on 4x4!! I started working on the waiver and getting all the supporting documents and reference letters together. I wrote my own declaration explaining my whole situation, 12 pages after I was done and had it edited. I also spent so many hours researching everything I could find on I-601 information. There are some good ideas out there we just need to look or ask our waiver appt. was scheduled right after the visa interview so it was on 4/17/2012. This was my recent trip. Well after exploring the first time we knew exactly what we wanted to do. Well the day of the interview my husband went by himself and I waited at the hotel (I didn’t feel so good) We stayed at the City Junior it’s not fancy but it’s good for maybe a second visit after you know how the area is like. He took 4 hours for what he says was just personal service we provided with taking the waiver docs and payment He said he took all that time just to go to two windows. One where he turned in the waiver and told it would be reviewed an immigration officer. We should hear something in about two to three months. and that is where I am today WAITING!!

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Could you please let me know how your waiver went?

Did you end up waiting two to three months before getting a green card or not?

And do you know if that is the normal wait time for all waivers?

My husband and i are now waiting for our first interview date and will be doing a waiver (Because my husband was in the U.S illegally 10 years and entered without inspection) Our lawyer has already had us start things for my husbands waiver

Im just wondering as to what i should be looking out for or what i should expect?

Any helpful tips?

Also were you allowed to enter any of the interviews with your husband? or was it your choice not to?

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The other poster hasn't logged on to VJ in nearly 4 years, so a reply is unlikely. It's better if you look for other threads about the Juarez experience -- and read "Embassy Info" and "Reviews: Embassy" via the links atop any VJ page. Almost everything that you want to know will be answered there. If you have further questions after that, come back and post your own thread as a "new topic" here in this forum.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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