If you are on F1 or F2 visa already & it’s about to Expire or Expired & need to attend for F1 Visa Renewal, Then yes, you are at right place,
Many F1 visa renewal (doing 2nd masters, Doctorate & Phd) folks attended in Mexico during last 3 years and got approved. Students including from Universities such as Cumberlands, Campbellsville university attended in Mexico in below locations.,
We recommended you to attend in these locations in Mexico in Top to Bottom Order Preference – based on what we observed among our clients.(Only try to attend in these locations)
- Nuevo Laredo(Border location)
- Nogales(Border location)
- Monterrey(Interior location)
- Ciudad Juarez(Border location)
- Tijuana(Border location)
Avoid Hermosillo if on F1 more than 5 years (or) going for 2nd masters renewal(Based on latest rejection in Dec 2019)
Also Guadalajara in not at all recommended location,due to specific 221g everyone gets – DS5335 – You might end up in Mexico for 7 to 40 days – Please google about DS5335 to know more info
This page is for F1 or F2 Visa Renewal / F1 to F2 / F2 to F1 Change of Status Visa Stamping in Mexico
NOTE : F1 & F2 comes under same F Visa Category
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE : You can go to Mexico for Straight F1 Visa Renewal or F2 to F1 stamping.
This Scenario is not possible : If you are already on H1B(stamped visa) until now & H1B Denied during extension & need to go F1 Visa category stamping in Mexico (as mexico does not allow change of visa category (H1B to F1) stamping in mexico)
Jan 17th 2020 : Update : F1 Visa Renewal Stamping in Nuevo Laredo – University of Cumberlands visa interview questions
F1 renewal questions:
Whats your Degree in?
Do you have enough funds to cover tution expenses? (No supporting documents asked)
Whats your future plans?
What do your parents do? Where are they located?
Sevis payment receipt
F1 approved for another 5 years!
Oct 29th 2019 Update : F1 Visa Renewal Stamping in Monterrey – Phd in University of Cumberlands visa interview questions
My F1 visa got approved in Monterrey on oct 29th 2019
How you choose Univerisity ?
How you paying?
What you did in US before PHd?
More info : Cumberlands university +
Answered as Parents sponsoring for Education.
Oct 22nd 2019 Update : F1 Visa Renewal Stamping in Nogales – Phd in University of Cumberlands visa interview questions
F-1 Visa approved in Nogales, Mexico on 22nd OCT. PHD from University of the Cumberlands.
1. Can you pass your documents?
2. Renewal? Which program and University?
3. Were you arrested? Our record shows that. Did they take you to court for finger prints for High speeding?
4. do you have any court documents? Please explain your traffic violation?
5. Can you tell me about your program at UC?
6.Who is sponsoring you? Tell me about your father’s business?
7. Do you like Kentucky?
8. Did you visit Pakistan?
9. What language do you speak in India?
10. Did you know Spanish?
VO: I am approving your visa. Come and pick at 4 PM.
Oct 4th 2019 Update : F1 Visa Renewal Stamping in Monterrey – Phd in University of Cumberland’s visa interview questions
when did you finish masters ?
can you please show master transcript ?
which courses currently enrolled for phd when started ?
how many years course will be completed?
when are you heading back to USA ?
Note: our client will get passport on Monday(Oct 7th 2019)
Sep 21st 2019 Update : F1 Visa Renewal Stamping in Nuevo Laredo -visa interview questions
VO: Good morning, do you work
Me: Yes mam, I do work for 20 hrs a work
VO: where do you work?
I work on-campus as an Graduate research assistant.
VO went through my docs and said “Is it? But I don’t see a work authorization notice or card?”
It is printed on my i-20 mam and I’m allowed to work 20hrs a week on campus
VO: Ohh you are a student and you are here to renew your visa?
Do you have enough funding to study ?
Can I look at your funding/sponsor documents?
I was about to explain while I also tried pulling my funding agreement when the VO immediately looked at my i-20 and said “no need,
I have this info here on your i-20. So, your program is fully funded by the university, very good”.
And then came those words I’m waiting to hear “your visa is approved.
It will be ready by 2.15 pm. We had a server issue yesterday and so there is little delay.
But most likely ur passport will be ready today. I replied thank you mam and left the counter.
I didn’t have time to pay for i-94 online but it wouldn’t have mattered as there was no officer at the i-94.
First the officer at port of entry looked at my passport, visa and asked to stand in a different Queue for the i-94.
Every now n then an officer appears, say they need more time to attend us and go back inside.
An hour passed and finally the officer saw us.
She’s an young female officer asked ‘which uni are you going to?’ I replied.
‘You are a student, going to study? Yes mam
When is your course starting?
Started last August. I completed my first year, currently in 2nd year.
Then she went thru my old passport which is attached to the new one “my bad, you renewed your F-1 visa. I should have looked at it clearly”.
She started writing the i-94 card and casually asked what is my research topic etc. All done and I was on US side by 1.40.
The whole experience was very pleasant, not even the slightest challenge anywhere. Officers at the consulate and the port of entry were very pleasant n welcoming.
I did carry US dollars in cash and coins and used credit cards in Mexico.
Docs I carried:
1. Passport – New and Old with valid US & Mexican visas
2. All i-20’s
4. SSN Card (Not mandatory)
5. Driving License
6. Degree, Mark Sheets and all other educational Certificates including IELTS & GRE
7. PhD funding agreement, employment confirmation letter from Uni, Visa request letter from Uni
8. Uni I’d card
1. My husband and my W2 (last 2 years)
2. Joint Tax fillings (last 2 years)
3. Both of ours paystubs (Jan till date)
4. Bank balance certificates (Jan till date)
5. Bank Statements
6. My spouse H-1 approval
7. My most recent I94
5. Marriage certificate
6. Utility Bills & rental agreement ( for just in case, someone was asked at the port of entry)
8. Resume & all my publications till date
9. Google citations of my publications
10. DS160 Barcode Page
11. Appointment confirmation
1. Visa credit/debit card
2. Us Dollars
3. Few quarters
Finally many thanks to Venkat & Co for creating this platform which helped me to learn n plan from all the experiences posted in this group. You guys are doing an amazing job.
F2 to F1 Visa stamping in Nuevo Laredo mexico on Sep 6th 2019
Category – F1
Questions (they were pretty random and few)
1. Do you have proof of SÉVIS payment?
2. You are renewing, correct?
3. What program are you working on?
4. It looks like you have full funding from the school, do you have other sources you’d like to declare?
You can pick it up at 2 (Note: On Friday, Passport pickup is at 2 PM, Remaining weekdays it’s at 3 PM in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico)
F2 to F1 Visa Stamping(1st time) in Nogales, Mexico : Aug 14th 2019
Aug 14th visa interview questions at Nogales, Mexico
Applied for F1
What are you studying?
Proof of funds
Told me to come next day as she wants to check my F2 status details with DHS. Gave my passport to me.
Today I went to consulate, asked my passport and returned with visa.
I suggest everyone plan to stay one or two more days if required.
F2 to F1 Visa Stamping(1st time) in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico : Aug 9th 2019
VO : For what you came here ?
Vo: can I have passport and I 20 ?
Vo: under grad major from where ?
Vo: asked the information from I-20 about which course am I taking
Vo: who is supporting you?
Vo: proof of supporting documents ( pay stubs or tax returns)
Vo: everything verified said congratulations ua visa is approved.
Documents mainly asked passport , i-20 , sevis fee reciept, proof of financial documents
More Info : My spouse is on F1 Visa from : Rivier university nashua NH ;
F2 to F1 Visa stamping in Matamoros mexico on January 3rd 2019
1) Which visa category did you attend Visa interview today ?
Asked for i20 and Sevis fee receipt
Took scan copies of passport, i20 and Sevis fee receipt
2) Visa interview questions
Which course are you going to study?
Which visa are you with currently?
Who sponsored your current visa
Have you already started your studies or yet to start?
3) Any documents asked ?
Sevis fee receipt