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Importing Nissan from Alberta to California

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I know we have to get a compliance letter from Nissan Canada. And then we have to schedule an appointment with Canada customs and US Border Patrol when we cross to show the paperwork for moving. Finally I think California will require a smog check in order to get it registered. Am I missing anything? Anybody out there that has specifically moved to California? I know we have the strictest emission standards. I just don't want any unknown problems since the car is such a big expense. Thanks in advance.


USCIS

07-23-13 NOA1

12-13-13 NOA2

NVC

01-14-14 case received by NVC

02-19-14 case number and IIN# assigned, gave NVC email add.

02-19-14 optin for electronic processing email sent

02-24-14 submitted DS-261

02-25-14 invoiced and paid for I-864

02-27-14 AOS shown as paid

03-10-14 optin email accepted by NVC

03-11-14 DS-261 accepted by NVC

03-12-14 scanned and emailed AOS

03-12-14 invoiced and paid for IV fees

03-24-14 IV fees shown as paid

04-02-14 Received and Resubmitted AOS checklist

08-01-14 DS-260 completed and submitted by wife

10-12-14 IV docs scanned and emailed

10-14-14 NVC scan date letter recd 10/27

03-17-15 case complete

04-23-15 medical- Surrey BC

05-15-15 interview - Montreal

xx-xx-15 wife receipt of passport with US PR visa

xx-xx-15 wife in US

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you may not need a smog check, depending on where you will be living in CA. (urban vs. rural).

I will be living in Los Angeles. I almost certainly will need one. Did you import your car from Canada to Cali? Any trouble at the border?

Thanks for your responses

Vehicle registration showing you are owner (no car loans).

Thanks my wife is paying off her loan before we cross


USCIS

07-23-13 NOA1

12-13-13 NOA2

NVC

01-14-14 case received by NVC

02-19-14 case number and IIN# assigned, gave NVC email add.

02-19-14 optin for electronic processing email sent

02-24-14 submitted DS-261

02-25-14 invoiced and paid for I-864

02-27-14 AOS shown as paid

03-10-14 optin email accepted by NVC

03-11-14 DS-261 accepted by NVC

03-12-14 scanned and emailed AOS

03-12-14 invoiced and paid for IV fees

03-24-14 IV fees shown as paid

04-02-14 Received and Resubmitted AOS checklist

08-01-14 DS-260 completed and submitted by wife

10-12-14 IV docs scanned and emailed

10-14-14 NVC scan date letter recd 10/27

03-17-15 case complete

04-23-15 medical- Surrey BC

05-15-15 interview - Montreal

xx-xx-15 wife receipt of passport with US PR visa

xx-xx-15 wife in US

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Husband did the paperwork for the car while my visa was processed. We crossed at a quiet time. I can't remember what paperwork we had but we were reimporting a car.

You have a short period of time to register your car and get new drivers licenses once you are in California. Getting the smog test is easy as there are so many places but make sure you go to a certified place as rules changed recently.

You will have to take written and road tests. But as (I assume) you have Alberts licenses you will be given temporary licenses (not learner permits) so that you can continue to drive between taking written test and road test.

Always make appointments at the DMV so that you don't have to wait in live too long.


1 Dec 2011 Mailed I-130
8 Dec 2011 NOA 1
20 Dec 2011 NOA 2

NVC

17 Jan 2012 Phoned NVC. Case Number allocated
18 Jan 2012 Emails received re AOS fee and Agent
20 Jan 2012 Electronic opt in email sent & response received
20 Jan 2012 AOS fee paid
20 Jan 2012 Form DS-261 Choice of agent filed
27 Jan 2012 Email received re choice of agent received. Can now pay IV bill
29 Jan 2012 IV bill paid
31 Jan 2012 Received written notification case at NVC (dated 18 Jan)
8 Feb 2012 Emailed AOS
9 Feb 2012 DS-260 submitted online & docs emailed
14 Feb 2012 Case Complete
5 Mar 2012 received email - interview date 10 April
10 Apr 2012 Visa Approved
10 Apr 2012 Email from Loomis - passport picked up from Consulate

June 2012 Moved back to US

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So question - what happens if you still have a loan that you can't possibly pay off before crossing the border? Does that mean I can't take my car?

You can take it, but you can't import it, so you won't be able to register it, so, short answer is no.

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You can take it, but you can't import it, so you won't be able to register it, so, short answer is no.

Hi there, appreciate your quick answer! I have been doing some searching and it does seem like I might be able to transfer the loan to the bank's US counterpart. So I might not have to sell it, I will do some more searching. Again, thank you.

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