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How did you get to Juarez? Flights or driving?

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I thought it might be cool if we all shared our stories on how we all arrived to Juarez;

 

Our story was kind of bizarre.  She was approved for expedite back in August for a medical condition at the time. Our interview was in October;

 

We drove from Magdalena,Sonora to Juarez and it took 8 hours through unpaved roads, roads with no rail guards close to cliffs (In Chihuahua) and deep holes in the road between Imuris and Cananea, Sonora.  We arranged everything where we would leave Juarez to drive back to Magdalena on the day of the interview and then wait for the arrival of the visa through DHL in Nogales.  I would leave my wife back in Magdalena and I would go to Tucson to open up our apartment and get settled while we waited for DHL.  But fortunately the Consulate had other plans and unfortunately mother nature also had plans for Chihuahua and Sonora that weekend.  We ended up booking an extra night because of the hurricane that was coming through the gulf, the potential floods and of course they told her during the interview she would get the visa the next day.  She ended up getting it the same day and it was too late to cancel the extra night at the hotel so we decided to cross the border the day of the interview just to get the admin processing part at the border done one day ahead of time.  We went around El Paso during the evening for some sight seeing (alot of flooding and rain there too) and then crossed back into Juarez at night to use up our last minute hotel booking.  Then the next morning we headed straight to Tucson.  

 

She was told at the interview that since she was a medical expedite that they usually give those kind of applicants the visa the same day or the next day.  This was something that we did not know about going into the interview.  They also gave her a yellow paper initially instead of the normal color for approved applicants. 

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We were living in Puerto Penasco, Sonora.  A 12 to 16 plus hour drive.  Instead we drove 6 hours to Tijuana and flew to Juarez via Guadalajara.  Still about 16 hours end to end but a bit more relaxing.  We came in on Sunday afternoon and left early on Wednesday.   We interviewed two weeks before @Ben & Katy but still had issues due to the hurricanes.   The road the Caborca to pick up Mary's Visa was washed out so we had an extra long trip and then entered the US the next day.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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10 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

We were living in Puerto Penasco, Sonora.  A 12 to 16 plus hour drive.  Instead we drove 6 hours to Tijuana and flew to Juarez via Guadalajara.  Still about 16 hours end to end but a bit more relaxing.  We came in on Sunday afternoon and left early on Wednesday.   We interviewed two weeks before @Ben & Katy but still had issues due to the hurricanes.   The road the Caborca to pick up Mary's Visa was washed out so we had an extra long trip and then entered the US the next day.

My spouse was living in Puerto Penasco, Sonora when we met 3 years ago.  I used to drive from Phoenix where I lived at the time to Rocky Point every weekend to be with her during the dating process.   What part of town were you guys living in?  My spouse was living in Mirador near Ave. Sinaloa & Freemont by the railroad tracks.  I wish we could have waited out the visa in Penasco instead of Nogales LOL.  That was a long journey you all had.  

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41 minutes ago, Ben & Katy said:

What part of town were you guys living in?

We have a place in town by the baseball stadium.  We still go there almost monthly. 

 

She lived there for 5 months during the DCF process instead of staying in the Philippines and doing the longer version of the spousal visa.  It was pretty crazy getting her Mexican permanent residency in just 5 hours. She flew from Manila to Hong Kong to Beijing to Tijuana.  Got to Penasco about 10pm and had tacos!   

 

Now she has two greencards and three drivers licenses.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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6 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

We have a place in town by the baseball stadium.  We still go there almost monthly. 

 

She lived there for 5 months during the DCF process instead of staying in the Philippines and doing the longer version of the spousal visa.  It was pretty crazy getting her Mexican permanent residency in just 5 hours. She flew from Manila to Hong Kong to Beijing to Tijuana.  Got to Penasco about 10pm and had tacos!   

 

Now she has two greencards and three drivers licenses.

I honestly don't know why more people don't do this option.  It is a true marriage saver to move to Mexico and wait it out together.   Even more so if you are close enough to the border to work in the USA by day and live in Mexico by night.  

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On 6/4/2019 at 4:14 PM, Ben & Katy said:

I thought it might be cool if we all shared our stories on how we all arrived to Juarez;

 

Our story was kind of bizarre.  She was approved for expedite back in August for a medical condition at the time. Our interview was in October;

 

We drove from Magdalena,Sonora to Juarez and it took 8 hours through unpaved roads, roads with no rail guards close to cliffs (In Chihuahua) and deep holes in the road between Imuris and Cananea, Sonora.  We arranged everything where we would leave Juarez to drive back to Magdalena on the day of the interview and then wait for the arrival of the visa through DHL in Nogales.  I would leave my wife back in Magdalena and I would go to Tucson to open up our apartment and get settled while we waited for DHL.  But fortunately the Consulate had other plans and unfortunately mother nature also had plans for Chihuahua and Sonora that weekend.  We ended up booking an extra night because of the hurricane that was coming through the gulf, the potential floods and of course they told her during the interview she would get the visa the next day.  She ended up getting it the same day and it was too late to cancel the extra night at the hotel so we decided to cross the border the day of the interview just to get the admin processing part at the border done one day ahead of time.  We went around El Paso during the evening for some sight seeing (alot of flooding and rain there too) and then crossed back into Juarez at night to use up our last minute hotel booking.  Then the next morning we headed straight to Tucson.  

 

She was told at the interview that since she was a medical expedite that they usually give those kind of applicants the visa the same day or the next day.  This was something that we did not know about going into the interview.  They also gave her a yellow paper initially instead of the normal color for approved applicants. 

How were you able to expedite your interview?

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