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Always must delcare what is asked about on the declaration card. If immigrations asks her other questions about what she has brought she should be fully honest with them. Hide nothing if asked.

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Is it necessary for my fiance to declare everything she brings with her?

Can't remember exactly but I think we both had to fill out a form while on the airliner heading for USA. One thing my spouse did, also coming from Philippines is she gave away all of her "designer" handbags, watches, etc to her friends and family before we left. We didn't want to risk either of us getting into trouble for bringing in...say a counterfeit Prada bag or Rolex watch, etc... We always err on the side of caution. It would have really sucked if either of us got stopped for importing counterfeit items so we took no chances after all of the work to get her here.

Aloha from Hawaii, David

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95% of her belongings were shipped ahead of time with customs documents fully filled out. She did however get questioned quite a bit about the 1 of 2 suitcases full of snacks and gifts. Nothing was expensive it was just the volume that surprised POE. She filled out the customs docs listing everything on the plane. Did not take any chances on excluding items and getting called out on it.

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Like others have said, the biggest thing is that she declares everything. Another great idea is for her to have a list of everything she's bringing in just in case she's asked, so she doesn't forget anything.

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1 hour ago, Jawaree said:

If theres meds or over 10 Gs coming = Declare, also

delete all message/convo in cellphone

Wait, why delete all your messages? I mean, yeah if you've got something to hide that the POE officer would find you inadmissible to the U.S. that would make sense, but...that by itself would raise alarm bells, no? "Oh, interesting. You talk to no one on your phone?".

If you're concerned about declaring things, just inventory everything you're bringing with you -- It's better to be over-prepared than get caught with your pants down. In my experience, they didn't even care beyond what was on the I-94 to declare.

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