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So hi guys,

 

 

Am going home in a few days. There are a few things i would like to consult to my fellow VJ members. It is my first time going back home after 2 years. Sfo-mla-dvo

 

1. Pasalubong/gifts- i am bringing prolly 10 victoria secret perfumes and lotions, chocolates,signature womens bag and purse,toys,shoes,shirts and jeans. Will i have an issue or,problem on that?

 

2. Anything i need to learn or tips anyone can give to me as at Sfo airport going in and out the USA? Is my PHL passport and greencard the only documents i need? Do i need to bring my sss card and company id from my work as well?

 

3. I am a LPR under F2b when I came here. I am single and my 2 children are with their mom and one of the reason I am coming home is to marry my gf so that i can start to petition them probably under f2a. Is this the right thing to do or just wait til i become a USC (3 more yesrs to go)and file a petition under cr1. Anyone?

 

Thanks in advance. 

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7 minutes ago, delish said:

1. Pasalubong/gifts- i am bringing prolly 10 victoria secret perfumes and lotions, chocolates,signature womens bag and purse,toys,shoes,shirts and jeans. Will i have an issue or,problem on that?

The liquid perfume may cause some issues since they are very strict on size restrictions/amount when it comes to liquids on planes now.  Depending on the amount, size, how it's packaged, etc. may result in it being confiscated at the airport.

 

Check the restrictions list on the air carrier's website for TSA regulations.

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30 minutes ago, delish said:

So hi guys,

 

 

Am going home in a few days. There are a few things i would like to consult to my fellow VJ members. It is my first time going back home after 2 years. Sfo-mla-dvo

 

1. Pasalubong/gifts- i am bringing prolly 10 victoria secret perfumes and lotions, chocolates,signature womens bag and purse,toys,shoes,shirts and jeans. Will i have an issue or,problem on that?

 

2. Anything i need to learn or tips anyone can give to me as at Sfo airport going in and out the USA? Is my PHL passport and greencard the only documents i need? Do i need to bring my sss card and company id from my work as well?

 

3. I am a LPR under F2b when I came here. I am single and my 2 children are with their mom and one of the reason I am coming home is to marry my gf so that i can start to petition them probably under f2a. Is this the right thing to do or just wait til i become a USC (3 more yesrs to go)and file a petition under cr1. Anyone?

 

Thanks in advance. 

1. Pack those items in your checked luggage. When you enter the PI you have two choices list all the items for customs and pay the duty. $$$$ 👍 expensive!! Or walk through customs with out declaring the items. Many walk through without declaring their gifts and have no problems. Your choice.

 

2. SFO is not a difficult airport to get around so I don't expect you to have any problems.  Passport and Green Card is all you need.

 

3. I'm not well versed in this area so I'll leave someone to answer you.

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2 hours ago, Going through said:

The liquid perfume may cause some issues since they are very strict on size restrictions/amount when it comes to liquids on planes now.  Depending on the amount, size, how it's packaged, etc. may result in it being confiscated at the airport.

 

Check the restrictions list on the air carrier's website for TSA regulations.

Only with carry-on.


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2 hours ago, delish said:

So hi guys,

 

 

Am going home in a few days. There are a few things i would like to consult to my fellow VJ members. It is my first time going back home after 2 years. Sfo-mla-dvo

 

1. Pasalubong/gifts- i am bringing prolly 10 victoria secret perfumes and lotions, chocolates,signature womens bag and purse,toys,shoes,shirts and jeans. Will i have an issue or,problem on that?

 

2. Anything i need to learn or tips anyone can give to me as at Sfo airport going in and out the USA? Is my PHL passport and greencard the only documents i need? Do i need to bring my sss card and company id from my work as well?

 

3. I am a LPR under F2b when I came here. I am single and my 2 children are with their mom and one of the reason I am coming home is to marry my gf so that i can start to petition them probably under f2a. Is this the right thing to do or just wait til i become a USC (3 more yesrs to go)and file a petition under cr1. Anyone?

 

Thanks in advance. 

You should have no issues, pack it all in your checked luggage, you do not need to declare it at NAIA if for "personal use" .. gifts are personal use. ;)  

 

You will be fine getting married and filing the F2A, as a green card holder there are no issues with that.  If the petition takes longer and you acquire your citizenship before its priority date is active you can convert it to the CR-1 then there are no numerical limitations.

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/family-preference.html#8

 

"All categories of family preference immigrant visas are issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed until the numerical limit for the category is reached. The filing date of a petition becomes the applicant's priority date. Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant's priority date is reached. In certain heavily oversubscribed categories, there may be a waiting period of several years before a priority date is reached. Check the Visa Bulletin for the latest priority dates."

 

 

There is information here also    http://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/i-130-petition-process.html

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4 minutes ago, Hank_ said:

Only with carry-on.

Really?  This is good to know for my future travels, as I always thought the liquid regulations had to do with checked baggage as well.


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Just now, Going through said:

Really?  This is good to know for my future travels, as I always thought the liquid regulations had to do with checked baggage as well.

My wife brings those Victoria Secret perfumes all the time to family ... ;)  


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1 minute ago, Hank_ said:

My wife brings those Victoria Secret perfumes all the time to family ... ;)  

My luck it would break open in my luggage from being thrown around by handlers.....I tend to keep that stuff in my carry on.

Although once my daughter when she was younger picked out the perfect "present" for her dad to bring back---a bottle of BBQ sauce with a cool label...got confiscated from my carry on for being larger than the regulated size by 1 ounce.  

 

Daughter promptly burst into tears and started screeching when she realized she had no "gift" now.  TSA agent stared dumbfounded at her and for a moment looked like he was contemplating giving her the bottle back just to calm her down lol .   

 

Next time now I know to put it in my checked luggage. :) 


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

Applied for US Passport - requested Routine/ Regular Service

Oct. 27, 2017 (Day 00) - Submitted Passport Application, filed in person at Post Office

Oct. 30, 2017 (Day 03) - Online tracker shows application has been received and is under processing

Nov. 08, 2017 (Day 12) - Online tracker shows "in final stages" and projected completion time of 11/13/2017

Nov. 09, 2017 (Day 13) - Passport received in the mail.

Nov. 10, 2017 (Day 14) - Naturalization Certificate received back in the mail.

 

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On 9/23/2017 at 7:26 PM, Hank_ said:

My wife brings those Victoria Secret perfumes all the time to family ... ;)  

How about when I arrive at Terminal 1, is there a terminal fee i will pay? maybe i should bring peso bills huh?

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54 minutes ago, delish said:

How about when I arrive at Terminal 1, is there a terminal fee i will pay? maybe i should bring peso bills huh?

Nothing to pay, NOTHING to declare.   You don't declare personal use items.. customs agent at NAIA told me this years ago.   Gifts to family are personal use.

 


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      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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