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I've been trying to figure out the procedure for bringing an engagement ring through customs in a foreign country. I have seen mixed information on the internet where some people have declared the ring to customs and others who have not. I am hoping to bring one to Russia and the most recent information I could find says that personal belongings under $10K do not need to be declared. I doubt the customs people are appraisers, so the value can easily be stated under that dollar amount, but I really don't want to pay a 30% tax on it either. We can just wait until the visa process is over and keep the ring in the states until she arrives, if that is the case. Does anyone have any stories of how they brought their engagement rings to their significant others? In particular, bringing a ring into Russia? Thanks!

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I had the ring itself in my pocket (to minimize chances of losing it) and the empty jewelry box elsewhere (can't remember whether checked or carry-on). Entry was uneventful.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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My husband declared my rings (we married in Canada as well) at Canadian customs. They waived the duty fee for him. I don't have expensive rings though.

Edited by NLR

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