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Packing List - What to bring from Pakistan?

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I'm immigrating with husband and son to Seattle, Washington from Pakistan. My question is, what are the things that I'll need/want in the US that I won't easily be able to find? What should I bring with me to the US?

The only things on my list for the moment are:

  • Clothes - Pakistani shalwar kameez
  • Cooking implements (tawa?)
  • Urdu books
  • Religious stuff - Jainimaz, Tasbeeh, Quran

Can other Pakistani Immigrants help me put together a more comprehensive packing list?

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Great.. You can find everything here... :) but yes right, why spend in dollars if you can buy cheaper from there :) i will recommend cooking supplements because its expensive here.

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Extra official copies of birth certificate, marriage certificate, school records, medical records, dental records, vaccination records, outcomes of legal proceedings if applicable, divorce certificate if applicable -- in short, any official paper that would be difficult, expensive, or impossible to get after you've left the country.


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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U can get everything here, USA is like second home of Pakistan, here is a lot of pakistani shops, if u need any religious thing that u can get from masjid, big masjids have book store mostly, personally I missed in UK & even missing here in USA is making Atta machine, which is roundly like 2000 rupees in pak & u can make atta easily lol

Most imp is ur pak dress means shilwar Kamiz, winter & summer both & for winter wool chaader like pashmina

As other friend saying civil documents, if u wanna job or attend school, u will need education documents & birth certificate

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there are few emotional things which i my self miss here a lot in usa is my love one ,our festivals like eid and bakra eid. miss the smell of the food these things you never bring here but oly you can miiss when you reach here if you dont have family here. :(

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A hijack post has been split from this thread and moved to the Africa: Sub-Saharan regional forum.


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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I don't know specifically for Pakistan, but I brought personal mementos that are important to me, especially if you don't have family/friends who will take care of it, in my case, I knew my parents were moving and I didn't want for them to have to keep track of it.

FYI - do not bring food or medications that are not specifically prescribed for you or easily identifiable as recognized over-the-counter medicines, it's going to create a lot of hassle at your POE with the declarations and checks.

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