All international students and scholars considering an application for a U.S. visa in Tijuana, Mexico should review and consider the following issues and risks carefully.
- Safety. Be aware of ongoing safety and security issues in Tijuana. Please read the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning about Mexico.
- Mexican Visa. All third country national visa applicants must have a Mexican visa. Review visa information for Mexico before planning your travel.
- Eligibility. Certain individuals are ineligible to apply for a visa at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana. See the U.S. Consulate's website for more information.
- U.S. Visa Delay. If your U.S. visa is delayed due to a security check, you will not be able return to the United States until the visa is issued. This could mean that you will need to wait in Tijuana for approximately three or four weeks.
- U.S. Visa Denial. If your U.S. visa application is denied, you will not be able to return to the United States. You will have to travel from Mexico directly to your home country. Most international flights depart from Mexico City. It is important to have an idea about how to travel from Tijuana to the capital.
- Lodging. Investigate safe hotels/motels in Tijuana for a minimum two night stay.