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    Okay, so we are currently appealing our case with immigration to the 9th district court. If it doesn't go through my husband will be deported and we will be moving to Mexico. Our plan is to live in Tijuana so that I can cross into San Diego to work. I have so many questions so I hope someone can help. Are there certain areas in Tijuana that are better than others, but still not super expensive to rent? Are there any English speaking schools in Tijuana? My husband has lived here since he was 15 and has always worked in the orchards. I know there are no jobs like that there, but are there places that he might be able to find some kind of work? I've heard its really a big deal trying to bring any household goods across the border. So should I plan on selling everything and buying new down there? Are there any other crossings that go into San Diego besides the San Ysidro one? Sorry for so many questions but I need help!

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    Well I have met a few members here that live in Otay and they seem to be ok with it and no real issues, you may want to look there, my Hubby lived out his backlog in Tecate which is a super easy border crosiing 2 lanes in and 2 lanes out, and very lenient in bringing stuff in and out, easiest border crossing ive seen so far, he also recently lived in Ensenada, I know its quite a distance from the border but it is so worth living there, so much difference from Tj, I mean big difference so for us it was worth the extra drive for his safety and my sanity!! lol!! You may also want to look into playas de Tijuana but that could be a bit more costlier but it is nice there too! We looked around in rosarito but it was just run down everywhere we looked. Good luck.
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    Here are a couple of old threads. They don't collectively contain the information you are looking for, but there is some information in each that you may find helpful. You can also use the 'search' function on the main pages to reference more Tijuana threads.

    border crossing/SENTRI pass: http://immigrate2us.net/forum/showth...living+tijuana

    information about life in Tijuana: http://immigrate2us.net/forum/showth...living+tijuana

    moving to Tijuana: http://immigrate2us.net/forum/showth...living+tijuana

    Two members I can think of right away that have a lot of experience with Tijuana are Escada Franco and IMinCA. There are probably others as well.

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    Look into Mexicaly, thats where I am from. My parents live in the Imperial Valley its a cluster of towns. My parents live in the town of Imperial which is about 15 minutes away from the border. Imperial is a small town and it is cheap to live in. Lots of people live in Mexicaly and come across the border to work in Imperial Valley. The schools are very good in Imperial also.

    Look into it and good luck. Let me know if you have any questions...
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    thank you all. Its so hard thinking about moving somewhere where we've never even been, and don't really know too much about. Its really scary. Its nice to find people who know what I'm going through.

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    Hi Tiece...Welcome to the forum. I think we're all felt the same way about moving to TJ especially with all the stories you read in newspaper. I think it's not as scary as the media make it out to be, as long as you don't attrack attention to yourself.

    To answer your questions:
    Are there certain areas in Tijuana that are better than others, but still not super expensive to rent? There are several members on this forum that lives in Otay, this is the other POE besides the San Ysidro. The line is a lot shorter, but there is also less POE stations in Otay. San Ysidro 20 vs Otay 10 or so.

    Are there any English speaking schools in Tijuana? There are some, but most of them are private and more expensive. You have to look through the locals newspaper, I don't know how old your kids are but I've seen some preschools?

    Are there places that he might be able to find some kind of work? There is work around, it's a matter of what he's willing to do and what's his flexibility is. There are restaurant jobs that requires to work nights, and I believe most MX jobs (Food industry that is, will have you work at night)

    I've heard its really a big deal trying to bring any household goods across the border. So should I plan on selling everything and buying new down there? We didn't have any problems bringing stuff down there(mattress,couch, TV, microwave, tables). I think I brought a lot of household items except a fridge and I was okay. But I didn't bring it all at once. They don't check us actually so it worked out well. I guess it depends on how much stuff you are bringing.

    Are there any other crossings that go into San Diego besides the San Ysidro one? Yes, there is the Otay Mesa POE. Their main office is 9777 Via De La Amistad San Diego, CA 92154. It's about 10 minutes East of the San Ysidro entry. I cross into and out of MX through that POE everytime. It's less crowded.

    Regarding home rentals, you can check out TJ Craigslist http://tijuana.es.craigslist.com.mx/ to get an idea of apartment prices and job openings, but most places are cheaper than craigslist. The only location that I constantly hear that it's not safe is Blvd 2000. I've never been there but seems like that's not a place you want to live at.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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    Welcome & I hope everything goes well with your case! I am originally from WA and go every year.

    I moved to San Diego as a kid in the 80's. I met my hubby in San Diego and we were there up until he went to Mexico in 10/2007. We've endured a backlog (15+ months), denial, pig flu chaos, 2nd visa interview, & are currently in the midst of a 2nd backlog,...let's just say I've been through it all.

    My hubby settled in TJ in June 2008 and me & the kids would come visit him on the weekends until I lost my home to foreclosure (sad story but I'll get over it if my family can eventually live in the US again).

    I rarely post anymore but here is the deal. I moved all of our possessions to Tijuana in August 2009. I had to bring everything in carloads. The Mexican Aduana will give you the red light a lot and you'll have to stop. You are only allowed to bring one car load of personal possessions per day. I would often bring several but that was before they got stricter. I ended up hiring a TJ/SD company that specializes in crossing the border with misc. items. I paid $120 plus about $100 for 2 guys that loaded up my big furniture...no appliances except W/D. I ended up paying about $160 in fees for those large items. They also charged about $25 for my TV on a separate occasion. There are tons of free/cheap things on Craigslist San Diego so you can replace all the stuff you have to leave behind.

    We live about 5-6 miles from the Otay border crossing. I pay $650 for a 4 bed/3 1/2 bath house. We have a yard in the front/back and enough space for 4 cars to park. We actually have more space here than we did in our home in San Diego!!

    I now cross everyday to take our 2 kids to school and go to work/gym/shop/see family in the US. It takes on average 1 hour and 15 minutes even if I get in line at 5 AM. Sometimes it is only 30minutes but you never know. None of us doing this are allowed to get Sentri passes because they think we'll bring our hubby's in the trunk so don't waste your money on even applying. I realize that all of the offices handle the Sentri differently but this has been the case in Otay/San Ysidro.

    I am happy here because our family is together and that was the best decision for our family. There is a lot of work in San Diego but remember that the line will reflect that. Good economy...long line...bad economy in the US...shorter line to cross.

    By the way, I prefer the US schools since my kids do not speak Spanish. The only difficulty is that you'll need to verify your address less than 2 times per year for the schools that are near the border. Schools located further north do not require as much verification. Make a lot of friends with the stay-at-home moms so you build a network.

    We PERSONALLY have witnessed plenty to supplement our backlogged case...I sent a package to Laurel Scott with at least 6 different instances of violence that we have seen. One of the scariest actually occurred on our way to school while at the booth. The DHS officers pulled guns on the car next to us and me and my young children (ages 9 & 5) had to duck down to the area of the car where their feet normally go. I personally witnessed 3 officers with guns drawn...and that is not the first time it happened.

    There have been murders on our street in broad daylight while we've been only yards away and swat operations that brought dozens of trucks and AK47 carrying soldiers with their faces covered to our street. I have been through more check points than I can count. My kids do in fact know what gun shots sound like.

    I hate to paint unfavorable picture of TJ. I am happy here but only for the fact that my family is together. I stand out. People stare at me. They stare at me while in line. I text my husband as soon as I cross so he can be looking for me and open our gate. I never go anywhere by myself except to the line.

    But we are surviving! Our marriage survived! My children are doing fantastic in school and have the benefit of both parents loving and supporting them. Those things outweigh a lot of the other things I've given up. I know several other people that live in TJ (going through immigration), and they've never experienced any of these things but I must have the best luck or something because I've seen plenty and had the worst luck with immigration too!

    I want you to PM me if you need anything else. I am still in TJ until 2017 or until our 2nd waiver gets approved.
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    TIECE, Welcome to the forum! What many of the posters have said is very accurate. I lived in TJ from January 2009 until August 2009. My husband is still there. We lived about 20 minutes south of the border in a residential area called "Residencial Santa Fe" The area itself was about middle class and had reasonable prices for homes for rent. The violence at the border and on the way to the border can be exhauting and worrisome. I traveled to SD everyday to work as well. At San Ysidro, it can take anywhere from an hour and a half to thee and a half hours to get through in the morning depending on what time you hit the border. Otay Mesa is usually faster to get through, but depending on where you are in TJ, it could take about 25 minutes to get the Otay. As far as jobs go, it took my husband a month to get a job after we moved there. Jobs are lucrative and the do not pay well. There are schools that teach english, but as Iminca said, they are usually private and very expensive. It might be easier to take your kids with you into SD and have them go to school there.

    I am sorry for your situation. Trust me, we are all in the same boat trying to keep our marriages together when our country wants them to fall apart. Just keep praying. We are all here for you.
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    Hello Hello! Wow everyone has chimed in with some good advice. For phone service I use Skype and add credit when we call Mexico cell phones. Wireless internet and cable cost us about 38 dollars a month (Cablemas). I live in Playas de Tijuana... think of it as a suburb to TJ about 10 miles from the border. Very nice area with decent rent. When I cross in the morning I go through San Ysidro. The longest I've had to wait was 2 hours but nearly 93% of the time it's 1 hour in car and I've gone at various different hours. I walk across M-F with my son for school... there are times we cross the border in less then 10 minutes and other times an hour. (I recommend good walking shoes!).

    Feel free to ask me any questions about Playas ... I feel like a pro! Best decision we've made as a family... to be together!
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    Hubby was found ineligible for the I601 Wavier based on Section 212(a)(3)(A)(ii). They cannot issue a visa who is entering the US for the purpose of committing a crime in the future.

    Next Steps: Currently living in Playas de Tijuana, BC. Meanwhile our attorney Laurel Scott has filed an AO last November on our behalf. We will continue to demand that the consulate allow us to file an I601 wavier....





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