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I'm trying to wrap my head around how to fill out form 3299 - declaration for free entry of unaccompanied articles - for some goods I inherited from my mother coming by container ship. I've been an LPR for the last almost 3 years and all the questions on that form seem to be aimed at people just moving here. The CBP website very clearly states it is this form and I've figured most fields out but I have no idea what they want for question 9 which is on residency.

Fairly sure I want "I declare that my place of residence abroad WAS (rather than is) name of country

but I struggle with Length of Time - do they want the last visit in Germany? Or how long I lived there ever? Does anyone have experience with this and can help out? The shipping company isn't super helpful with the forms (they mainly do normal moves) and the CBP website is completely useless.

It also seems strange that my last date of arrival and plane number are relevant to this - would it be when I first POE'ed? And my husband was along for the ride last time I went home but since the things were my mom's / mine from when I was little they were never his household item. Help please?!

Many thanks!

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Thread moved from "Moving to the US" forum to the Tax & Finances forum, which seems to be a better fit for this topic.


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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