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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if there is any special forms or procedures to complete when I will be hopefully crossing the border on my K1? Does the CBP need special forms for bringing a uhaul of my belongings? Just basic household stuff...

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If you are accompanying your personal belongings, then all you really need is to have a good inventory of the contents of the trailer. Label each box 'generally' ie 'box #1 pots and pans, books, box # 2 winter clothing,box #3 knick-knacks, etc. and for all electronics (computer, cameras, tablets, etc.) also have a list of their make and serial numbers. You are allowed to import without paying duty all personal belongings that you have owned for more than one year. Make an inventory list of any items you are importing that you have owned for less than a year (ie. wedding dress, clock, etc.). When you go in to activate your K-1 visa bring the inventory with you. In all likelihood, it will not even be looked at (mine wasn't) but it is required. You don't need to use any special form or format, just as long as the lists are legible and provide sufficient detail. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/354/~/moving-to-the-u.s.---duty-free-entry-of-unaccompanied-goods,-firearms,-gift

If you are importing your car or vehicle there are documents that you are required to provide, along with a certification letter from the manufacturer that the car meets all US safety requirements and standards (known as a letter of compliance). You should find the information you need to know here: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/importing-car

If you are renting a UHaul, make sure you have the rental agreement that shows the trailer can cross the border. Not all rentals or trailers can so be sure you ask that question when you rent it - or call about reserving it.

You will be asked to leave the keys in the vehicle when you are sent into secondary for the K-1 visa. An immigration officer will do a quick check of the car and UHaul. The process really isn't difficult, though, as long as you have all of your paperwork in order. And, as I mentioned, your list may not even be looked at.

Good luck.

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