That means the morons dont know the CBP rules. Try your luck again at different time/date if it a short drive from where you live.
Cancun will work for sure however make sure you have a valid Mexico tourist card (FMM) as your US visa is expired.
I am on the same boat. My company applied for H1 and H4 extension. H1 extension is approved till 2025. H4 extension (539) is still pending. Both of our visa expired on August 11th but our I-94 is expiring on 21st August. We are planning to go to Canada border and get I-94 extended with new dates (2025). Will there be any problem in this case?
The H1B I-94 should be attached with the I-797 approval notice for the recently approved extension of status. You may though visit Canada or Mexico CBP to extend H4 I-94 if H4 is working on EAD and you are seeking automatic extension for EAD. If H4 do not hold EAD, there is no point with I-94 extension as you already have pending extension of status application for H4.
Crossing Canadian border though ma6 need a Canadian visitor visa.
Thanks, Kalpesh for your reply. In my case, my 140 got approved in September 2021 and applied for H4 EAD right after it in September 2021 with my existing 797 with the 11th August 2022 End date.
She got her H4 EAD approved and card on 4th August 2022 (more than 10 months for processing) with a week’s validity. So we missed an opportunity to get an auto extension.
Since it is taking a long time for an H4 Extension, I thought of going to the Canada border and getting new I-94 for H4 with my new 797 (valid till 2025) and applying for an H4 EAD extension so that clock starts ticking immediately.
Last night we crossed the border at Peace Bridge NY, but unfortunately, they haven’t given the new I-94 and told me that she needs to have approved 797 (I-539) and cannot use my new 797.
Now I need to wait till H4 gets approved and apply for H4 EAD.
Sorry for the delayed response. Air Travel to Cancun worked for us the CBP was able to give the I94 for my spouse for upto my validity(2025). She is able to continue working for upto 540 days extension.
Thanks @Kalpesh_Dalwadi for your inputs on this.
When we returned back with in 15 days the H4 visa got denied for a valid reason( that my spouse is already granted extension until 2025 by the CBP), it was a valid denial.
Then later in a month, she received the EAD approval.
I would say if you dont have valid US visa on your passport the land border is not working( in our case). Taking an Mexico visa and doing air travel to Cancun n coming back worked for us.
Also it depends on the CBP too. All the best for whoever is trying