Comments by Californio

Is He a Citizen?

Fred, Thank you for the flow chart. It highlights the path I took. I relocated to the US via skilled work (Not a genius, but I do have a BSc Degree).

One thing that the diagram omits is that it is illegal to seek employment inside the US, so to get a job offer is not an easy task. The Internet makes it easier, off course, but nothing replaces interviewing face to face.

While working on my short thesis to earn my degree, doing some research on voice over IP I landed in the URL of a company that I liked. I searched their job offerings and they had one that matched perfectly my skills, education and experience. I applied.

I still remember crossing the border at the San Ysidro point of entry with my tourist visa for the interview. I used to work in Tijuana for a telecom company located in the twin towers near the Caliente race track. Lunch time was from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

My initial interview was scheduled for 1 hour, at 3:00 PM, in the hiring company’s HQ office in Sorrento Valley, located 26 miles from the border. 1 mile too long for my B1/B2 tourist visa. I had requested the rest of the day off from my work. This was in 1998. I still remember crossing the border and requesting the I-94 permit that would make it ok for me to drive beyond 25 mile limit. When the immigration officer learned that I was driving to Mira Mesa for a business meeting he told me that there was no inspection station and that therefore I wouldn’t need the permit. (Technically I would, but I didn’t insist). Had I told the officer that I was driving there for a job interview rather than a business meeting most likely he would have revoked my visa on the spot, or sent me to secondary inspection for further questioning. The second round of interviews lasted literally all day. I got the job, but it took the H1B visa five months to arrive.

I can’t say it was difficult for me to get the H1B visa, the hiring company took care of everything for me. I did not even pay for my passport, nor for the picture in it. I did have to wait five months, but I was employed in Mexico while I waited so it wasn’t that bad. By July of 2001 the green cards arrived for my whole family.

After September 11 everything slowed down, but the process is similar; convince a company that it is worthwhile for them to go through the hustle to hire you and you’re set. If you have family, they’ll get a special visa that will allow them to live in the US, but not to work.

Back in 2009 I wrote an article titled topics on dual citizenship, if you’re interested here’s a link to it:

Happy 2015!

Greetings from Tijuana

Tijuana Innovadora is this week.... A good reason to visit Tijuana. Check the link:

Topics on Dual Citizenship

Hi Justin,

Here's a link a the custom's agency where it describes who can drive foreign registered cars:

It is in Spanish.

The below link is from a local paper in Ensenada. The news is about a citizen being sent to jail in San Quintin because he was in possession of an "ilegal" vehicle:


Any word on how the ticket sale is going? will it be a sold-out show?

Topics on Dual Citizenship

Also, check the Dual Citizen recommendation by the state department, about 1/4 down the document:

Dual Nationality: Mexican law recognizes dual nationality for Mexicans by birth, meaning those born in Mexico or born abroad to Mexican parents. U.S. citizens who are also Mexican nationals are considered by local authorities to be Mexican. Dual nationality status could result in the delay of notification of arrests and other emergencies or hamper U.S. Government efforts to provide consular services. Dual nationals are subject to compulsory military service in Mexico; in addition, dual national males must register for the U.S. Selective Service upon turning 18. For more information, visit the U.S. Selective Service website. TRAVELERS POSSESSING BOTH U.S. AND MEXICAN NATIONALITIES MUST CARRY WITH THEM PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OF BOTH COUNTRIES. Under Mexican law, dual nationals entering or departing Mexico must identify themselves as Mexican.

Football mirrors who Americans are today


Great blog and great game two!

I think you meant ascendants or ancestors :)

Topics on Dual Citizenship

Here's another VERY interesting link regarding Dual Israeli US citizenship... Dual citizens holding government positions in both countries.


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