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I don't know if I quite understand your question. Your K1 visa will be valid for six months from the date of issue, so you can enter the U.S. *one time* within those six months. You should "move your stuff" at the same time that you move yourself to the U.S. Since you won't be getting married until after you enter the U.S., then clearly you do not have to be married before you move. In fact, if you somehow you were to get married before you moved you would invalidate your K1 visa, as you must be engaged but not married at the time of your entry into the U.S.

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Does anyone know when I can move my personal belongings after I get my K1 Visa? Do we have to get married first??

You move all your personal belongings the same time as you leave your home country, you dont have to wait until you are married!!


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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Correct. You can't return to Canada until you have either your green card, or advance parole, which can take 90 days to receive from the filing of your AOS.

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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Thanks so much!!

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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Thanks so much!!

You can have someone else move your stuff over for you after you arrive... EIther friends, family, or a mover...


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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Thanks so much!!

You can have someone else move your stuff over for you after you arrive... EIther friends, family, or a mover...

Really??? I'd rather do that! I don't want have to move EVERYTHING in one day. What kind of documentation are they going to need when customs questions them??

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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Thanks so much!!

I had the vast majority of my belongings brought to me by movers almost a year after I moved to the US. Any experienced cross-border mover will direct you to the correct customs forms to use, as well as what paperwork they will require. I remember having to photocopy all of the pages in my passport, amongst other stuff.

You can have someone else move your stuff over for you after you arrive... EIther friends, family, or a mover...

Really??? I'd rather do that! I don't want have to move EVERYTHING in one day. What kind of documentation are they going to need when customs questions them??


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The K-1 visa is only good for entry BEFORE you get married, so go ahead and move your belongings :)

You can move your belongings (used personal effects) duty free at the time of your entry into the US or after your entry. Your shipper will need a copy of your I-94, Your visa and a CBP Form 3299.

If you try to move your belongings before your entry on the K1, your goods are subject to duty.

So the only opportunity I'll have to move is when I actually activate that K1 Visa because once I activate it I can't come back to Canada....correct?

Thanks so much!!

You can have someone else move your stuff over for you after you arrive... EIther friends, family, or a mover...

Really??? I'd rather do that! I don't want have to move EVERYTHING in one day. What kind of documentation are they going to need when customs questions them??

What I told you previously.. Your I-94, a copy of your endorsed visa, CBP Form 3299, and an itemized listing of the goods.

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I have had a different experience. I moved most of my stuff down after my Visa was issued but before I activated it. I just put boxes in my car, and drive down, showing them my VISA but not using it. I know that there is no guarentee that they will allow me to cross, but as i live only 5 min from the border, I keep trying, and they haven't given my any problems yet. I called the POE several times to see if this is posible. I was told that it is up to the officer... So far, I have made 3 trips with my car full of boxes, and no problems. However, my fiance tried to take a load for me, and becuase he didn't have proof that the VISA was issued, they sent him back with the boxes.

I'm not recomending doing this, but it has worked for me.

38 days to my wedding!

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I have had a different experience. I moved most of my stuff down after my Visa was issued but before I activated it. I just put boxes in my car, and drive down, showing them my VISA but not using it. I know that there is no guarentee that they will allow me to cross, but as i live only 5 min from the border, I keep trying, and they haven't given my any problems yet. I called the POE several times to see if this is posible. I was told that it is up to the officer... So far, I have made 3 trips with my car full of boxes, and no problems. However, my fiance tried to take a load for me, and becuase he didn't have proof that the VISA was issued, they sent him back with the boxes.

I'm not recomending doing this, but it has worked for me.

38 days to my wedding!

The goods are dutiable until the time when you move, period...

On another topic, you're not even supposed to be allowed to cross the border as a visitor once the K1 is issued... You can only have one visa at a time. You are treading on very thin ice and are playing Russian Roulette.. I would hate to see you forced to use the visa when you don't want to...

Don't go to the US anymore. If you need something else done over there, send someone else over to do it..

Edited by zyggy

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