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Hey guys,

Both my fiance and I live on the border (Canadian side for me and U.S. for him). Now since we are going to be moving in together pretty soon (so excited!). I am just wondering what's the best way to move my furniture and belongings to his place.

It's like 30 mins away from my place to his by driving...now is it possible just to rent a U-haul and declare at the border when I enter with K1 visa at the POE or do I have to hire specific moving company for that?

Thanks in advance and good luck to you all!


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Since you're so close I'd go for U-Haul, that's what I did from ON to Virginia. You are accompanying your own belongings and activating the Visa as you cross. Ensure you have an itemized list of what you've packed (search about 1 million thread in the Cdn forum alone on this topic!)

We dropped our UHaul off in the US once we were done unpacking....I think I did all the set-up online....I believe they specified one way travel with start and end points. If you also have a vehicle, you may have to tow it or have someone else assist in driving it. Either way you're also importing your vehicle as well so be prepared with the paperwork you need for that (also search in Cdn forum for many threads on car importing)

Good luck


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I would rent a Penske or U-Haul. We used Penske. My husband (fiance at the time) and Dad went over to Michigan to get the Penske, drove it back to Canada then we packed it. We found it was much cheaper to get the rental in the US and return it in the US.

I created an itemized list of all my belongings which were with us when we activated my visa.


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08/17/2012- Packet 3 Received

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I would rent a Penske or U-Haul. We used Penske. My husband (fiance at the time) and Dad went over to Michigan to get the Penske, drove it back to Canada then we packed it. We found it was much cheaper to get the rental in the US and return it in the US.

I created an itemized list of all my belongings which were with us when we activated my visa.

Thanks for the tip! I just checked and it surely makes a huge difference! It would save us up to 200 bucks!!!

One quick question regarding the itemized list of personal belongings, do you have to list every single item?

For example, in my case, for furniture, I've got coffee table, side table, bed frame and mattress, dining table (one-bedroom apartment stuff); probably 2 boxes of kitchen stuff (mugs, glasses and small kitchen appliances; coffee machine etc.) and 2 luggage cases of clothes. Now do you have to list every single thing? Or maybe just the big items? Do you have the list the estimated values as well?

Thanks again! Really appreciate your input!


USCIS I-129F Petition
Jan 20.2015 Submitted K1 petition
Jan.23.2015 Petition received!
Jan.29.2015 NOA1 via text notification
Feb.26.2015 RFE online
March.06.2015 RFE received in mail (request for evidence that we had met in person in the past 2 years)
March.17.2015 RFE additional information submitted
March.19.2015 myUSCIS status changed to RFE received
March.31.2015 NOA2 - I129F APPROVED!!!

Dept of State K1 Visa

April.27.2015 NVC forwarded case to Montreal
May.05.2015 Montreal Consulate Received
May.08.2015 PACKET 3 received via mail
May.11.2015 PACKET 3 replied via email
May.13.2015 Informed by OP in Montreal to register the appointment
May.29.2015 PACKET 4 officially received, via email
June.12.2015 Medical Exam done in Toronto with Dr. Ian Zatzman
July.10.2015 Interview APPROVED!!!

July.16.2015 CEAC website "case created" - READY (a week from interview)

July.24.2015 CEAC website "Administrative Processing" (2 weeks from interview)
August.06.2015 ISSUED!!!!!! FINALLY!!! (almost four weeks from interview)
August.07.2015 Loomis email notification 9pm

August.15.2015 U.S. POE Detroit/Windsor Tunnel
August.28.2015 Civil wedding
USCIS I-485 (AOS) & I-765 (EAD) Petition

October.12.2015 File AOS and EAD
October.23.2015 NOA 1 via text messages
Nov.19.2015 USCIS Detroit Local Office Finger Prints
Dec.31.2015 USCIS Website - AOS case updated "Case ready for interview" | Still NOTHING regarding EAD :crying:

Jan.15.2016 FINALLY! EAD card in production!

Jan.16.2016 EAD case approved

Jan. 20.2016 EAD Card was mailed

Jan.22.2016 EAD Card and official notice received

Feb 25, 2016 - AOS Interview Scheduled on March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016 - AOS Interview - approved on the spot

April 1, 2016 - Card in production

April 7, 2016 - Received Card! YAY!!!

USCIS I-751 (RC) Petition

Jan 1-6, 2018 - Collecting documents/working on the application of I-751!!!

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Yeah it is worth the money to have someone drive over if possible! As for the list, I think I labeled every box with what was in the boxes (not really specific). My list was also fairly generic, like dishes, winter clothes, summer clothes, golf clubs etc. I think I put values on things that I knew the value. I wouldn't worry too much about that though.

Some good reading in regards to moving to the US:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/107/related/1/~/moving-back-to-the-u.s.---sending-household-effects

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/216756-when-did-u-give-up-your-cdn-residency/?p=3288403#entry3288403


K-1

04/20/2012- I-129F Package Sent!

04/25/2012- NOA1

07/31/2012- NOA2

08/06/2012- NOA2 Hard-copy

08/08/2012- NVC Received

08/13/2012- NVC Left

08/17/2012- Consulate Received

08/17/2012- Packet 3 Received

08/20/2012- Packet 3 Sent

08/20/2012- Packet 4 Received

08/23/2012- Medical

09/04/2012- Interview---Approved smile.png

11/20/2012- POE Blue Water Bridge

11/24/2012- Wedding!!

AOS

12/24/2012- AOS Mailed

01/02/2013- NOA1,AOS, EAD/AP

01/25/2013- Biometrics

02/20/2013- EAD & AP Approved

03/04/2013- EAD & AP Combo Card Received

07/29/2013- AOS Approved

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Yeah it is worth the money to have someone drive over if possible! As for the list, I think I labeled every box with what was in the boxes (not really specific). My list was also fairly generic, like dishes, winter clothes, summer clothes, golf clubs etc. I think I put values on things that I knew the value. I wouldn't worry too much about that though.

Some good reading in regards to moving to the US:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/107/related/1/~/moving-back-to-the-u.s.---sending-household-effects

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/216756-when-did-u-give-up-your-cdn-residency/?p=3288403#entry3288403

Thanks again, this is really helpful!


USCIS I-129F Petition
Jan 20.2015 Submitted K1 petition
Jan.23.2015 Petition received!
Jan.29.2015 NOA1 via text notification
Feb.26.2015 RFE online
March.06.2015 RFE received in mail (request for evidence that we had met in person in the past 2 years)
March.17.2015 RFE additional information submitted
March.19.2015 myUSCIS status changed to RFE received
March.31.2015 NOA2 - I129F APPROVED!!!

Dept of State K1 Visa

April.27.2015 NVC forwarded case to Montreal
May.05.2015 Montreal Consulate Received
May.08.2015 PACKET 3 received via mail
May.11.2015 PACKET 3 replied via email
May.13.2015 Informed by OP in Montreal to register the appointment
May.29.2015 PACKET 4 officially received, via email
June.12.2015 Medical Exam done in Toronto with Dr. Ian Zatzman
July.10.2015 Interview APPROVED!!!

July.16.2015 CEAC website "case created" - READY (a week from interview)

July.24.2015 CEAC website "Administrative Processing" (2 weeks from interview)
August.06.2015 ISSUED!!!!!! FINALLY!!! (almost four weeks from interview)
August.07.2015 Loomis email notification 9pm

August.15.2015 U.S. POE Detroit/Windsor Tunnel
August.28.2015 Civil wedding
USCIS I-485 (AOS) & I-765 (EAD) Petition

October.12.2015 File AOS and EAD
October.23.2015 NOA 1 via text messages
Nov.19.2015 USCIS Detroit Local Office Finger Prints
Dec.31.2015 USCIS Website - AOS case updated "Case ready for interview" | Still NOTHING regarding EAD :crying:

Jan.15.2016 FINALLY! EAD card in production!

Jan.16.2016 EAD case approved

Jan. 20.2016 EAD Card was mailed

Jan.22.2016 EAD Card and official notice received

Feb 25, 2016 - AOS Interview Scheduled on March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016 - AOS Interview - approved on the spot

April 1, 2016 - Card in production

April 7, 2016 - Received Card! YAY!!!

USCIS I-751 (RC) Petition

Jan 1-6, 2018 - Collecting documents/working on the application of I-751!!!

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