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Hi, I'm been searching but can't find an answer to the following question I have:

who completes the EPA and HS forms, we the immigrants or the border officials once you cross and import the cars? I've got one compliance letter ready to go as the one car is a Canadian version Nissan, the second is a US version Nissan that was imported from the USA to Candada where I bought it in Canada from a dealership and now I'm importing back. I couldn't get a compliance letter for that because Nissan said it was already US specs so I ended up with a 'no recalls on this car' letter. Also I've read that one also needs to show proof that the US car was registered in the USA prior to import. I have a copy of the last guy's title to the car etc.

So the question really is, and I've now forgotten the names of the two forms, who completes the Emissions EPA and the HS 7 form? I want to make sure I've got it all covered as I leave for the border on Friday the 13th... :reading:


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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i don't know the answer to your question - but i thought all you needed was the compliance letter and the forms are filled out when you poe.... :wacko: :wacko:

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That's all I needed. I showed up at a land PoE with my compliance letters and provincial registration/proof of ownership. After I finished all my K-1 stuff (1.5 hours of the CBP officer flipping through papers and cross checking reference binders - grumblegrumblegrumble), I told them I wanted to import my car. They read the compliance letters, asked for it's value (check the bluebook value of the car before you leave or slightly lowball it if you have to guess - some states' DMVs use it as the basis for a 1-2% import tax), filled out and stamped a form, and that was that.

Later I took the stamped form and Canadian proof of ownership to the local DMV, paid a bunch of money (~$150, as I recall) and they gave me a registration form, plates, stickers, and mailed me a title deed.


DON'T PANIC

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That's all I needed. I showed up at a land PoE with my compliance letters and provincial registration/proof of ownership. After I finished all my K-1 stuff (1.5 hours of the CBP officer flipping through papers and cross checking reference binders - grumblegrumblegrumble), I told them I wanted to import my car. They read the compliance letters, asked for it's value (check the bluebook value of the car before you leave or slightly lowball it if you have to guess - some states' DMVs use it as the basis for a 1-2% import tax), filled out and stamped a form, and that was that.

Later I took the stamped form and Canadian proof of ownership to the local DMV, paid a bunch of money (~$150, as I recall) and they gave me a registration form, plates, stickers, and mailed me a title deed.

Thanks, ya we did the lowball thing too. Interestingly, the POE didn't want to look at compliance letters or any of the EPA and HS 7 forms. They did stamp with the seal these other forms for me to take to DMV. I'm not sure if I need my SSN to register them or not. I may go to DMV this week to find out about all that. But I thought it curious that they didn't look at any of this stuff at the border.

We did quite the lowball of the cars, hopefully that won't prove to be an issue at all....we knew there wasn't duty soooooo but we'll see how this plays out.


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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Just wondering, do i need to OWN the car to import it?

(the car is under my name and everything, but my dad had to co-sign my loan and technically, the bank owns the car because i still havent paid off the entire loan?)

Will I have trouble importing the car to the US? (were driving it cross country when i get approved)


January 13th 2006: Started dating in Los Angeles!

May 23rd 2009: Engaged in Iceland!

October 31st 2009: Married in Quebec!

December 30th 2009: I-130 sent

January 11th 2010: NOA1

March 09th 2010: NOA2

August 8th 2010: Done at NVC

January 14th 2011: INTERVIEW IN MONTREAL!!

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If the car is "under your name" as far as the registration is concerned, you own it. The bank, if the car was used as collateral for the loan [as is standard practice] almost certainly has a "lien" on it, but if your name is the only name on the registration then you are the owner of record, and can legally import the car.

If your Dad were part owner of the car, his name would be on the registration, ditto the bank. As a cosigner, the bank can nail your Dad to the wall if you stop making payments, but if his name is not on the registration, he isn't a part owner. Similarly the bank may have a lien on the car (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lien) but having a lien is not the same as being part owner.

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DON'T PANIC

"It says wonderful things about the two countries [Canada and the US] that neither one feels itself being inundated by each other's immigrants."

-Douglas Coupland

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thanks alot!


January 13th 2006: Started dating in Los Angeles!

May 23rd 2009: Engaged in Iceland!

October 31st 2009: Married in Quebec!

December 30th 2009: I-130 sent

January 11th 2010: NOA1

March 09th 2010: NOA2

August 8th 2010: Done at NVC

January 14th 2011: INTERVIEW IN MONTREAL!!

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