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  • Travelling from Florida to California on I-10 without H1B stamping

    Hello DesiOPT,

    I plan to travel from Jacksonville, FL to Houston and then finally Los Angeles. I got an H1B this October but haven't stamped my passport yet.

    It looks like the shortest route for the trip is I-10 in the south.. But when I looked up the route on Google Maps, I realized that the route is very close to the Mexican border, and a further research informed me that there are a couple border checks on this route, where basically the Border Patrol asks if the driver is US citizen. I am definitely not a US Citizen.

    My question is, is it safe to drive this route to California, or should I make a detour to albuquerque, NM to be safe (because i don't have H1B stamping yet to travel out of states) ?

    Route I-20 runs through El Paso which is very close to Mexican border, and I am scared just by looking at it on Google Maps.

    I am looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you DesiOPT for always being such a big help.
    Last edited by tdo5515; 11-18-2014, 03:19 PM.

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    • #3
      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (Nov 20th)

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      • #4
        I never had problems driving from NJ -Atlanta-LA.. I took the same I-10 route while driving.. They just ask for passport rarely.. They never asked any documents nor any immigration checks.. This was in March 2014. So i believe it wont be a big deal as long as your not leaving US and re entering the borders..

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        • #5
          If u are with in country u wont hqve any border checks .. And i10 goes only with in usa ..

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          • #6
            Last week, we moved from Utah to NY and the GPS took us thru canadian border. GPS was not showing any other route, and as we were on the bridge, we couldnt get away from there. So we entered Canada and told them why we entered. They checked all our documents and made us wait for some time and sent us back to US immigration. And the same process happened there. We were so scared even though we had all the req documents. Some of my friends told me that, if you enter mexico by mistake, they will not leave you for months and sometimes years too. I suggest you to avoid driving.

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            • #7
              I also heard that there is a guy who accidentally entered mexico by road and they caught hold of the guy and put him in jail since 7 months. He is an american guy though.

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              • #8
                That's gonna be a long road trip .... Me too want to do one soon .... Anyways don't worry ... You should be fine until you don't literally enter Mexico ...

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                • #9
                  lol.... you dont need any documents to enter mexico.. how come they put him in jail .. even within country border patrol checks only ask for ur h1 copy and passport..

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                  • #10
                    take a flight and ship your car.

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                    • #11
                      In Arizona it is must to have all legal documents,,stamped passport if asked and ICE can arrest you if they are not convinced.Everywhere else you don't need your passport

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                      • #12
                        I m interested.plz tell me about a work

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                        • #13
                          Hi ther I traveled across the country and I yes there is a border check when we you cross the Arizona and travelling to San deign but when you are travelling to Los Angeles you will not have border check you will have I10 west towards Los Angeles it's a single route to Los Angeles so don't worry

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                          • #14
                            If you have other options then why do you want to take a chance? Drive through Albuquerque. You can also drive till houston and fly from houston to LA and get ur car shipped. Try to avoid risk. it is not worth it.

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