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My fiance is in the midst of packing two bags for her travel here on a K-1 visa next week, and I have been looking over the customs declaration form that she will have to fill out on the plane when coming here. All the questions are pretty self explanatory with the exception of the last one, which reads:

"15. Residents - the total value of all goods, including commerical merchandise I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $__________

"Visitors - the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commerical merchandise is: $__________"

My question is twofold:

1. Which does she fill in, the one for "residents" or the one for "visitors"?

2. In filling in the dollar amount, does she include the value of all clothing, personal items, computer, etc, since they were technically purchased abroad and will remain in the U.S.?

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My fiance is in the midst of packing two bags for her travel here on a K-1 visa next week, and I have been looking over the customs declaration form that she will have to fill out on the plane when coming here. All the questions are pretty self explanatory with the exception of the last one, which reads:

"15. Residents - the total value of all goods, including commerical merchandise I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $__________

"Visitors - the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commerical merchandise is: $__________"

My question is twofold:

1. Which does she fill in, the one for "residents" or the one for "visitors"?

2. In filling in the dollar amount, does she include the value of all clothing, personal items, computer, etc, since they were technically purchased abroad and will remain in the U.S.?

Thats personal items,you dont have to declare it..there only concern about is the food products you bring into their country..my fiance just put N\A for both parts..if your still in doubt,let your fiance ask the flight attendant if she has any questions..Happy trip!!


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Thats personal items,you dont have to declare it..there only concern about is the food products you bring into their country..my fiance just put N\A for both parts..if your still in doubt,let your fiance ask the flight attendant if she has any questions..Happy trip!!

Laptop and other personal/used gadgets need not be declared?

Only food I'll be bringing are Goldilocks polvoron.

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Thanks, but some items will not be personal items, as some Christmas gifts are being brought over too, as well as small wedding favors. Do these get declared? And, if so, under "Residents" or "VIsitors"?

Also, question 14 asks "yes" or "no" to: "I have commercial merchandise: (articles for sale, samples used for soliciting orders, or goods that are not considered personal effects)."

So are gifts considered personal effects or commercial merchandise, according to this?

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Laptop and other personal/used gadgets need not be declared?

Only food I'll be bringing are Goldilocks polvoron.

Yes..make sure you put all that has value on your carry on baggage..i dont know about the polvoron thing..we just didnt let her bring any food going here, just to avoid any hassle inspection in customs.plus we are brief in the plane not to bring any food that was prepared by PAL during the flight..


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Yes..make sure you put all that has value on your carry on baggage..i dont know about the polvoron thing..we just didnt let her bring any food going here, just to avoid any hassle inspection in customs.plus we are brief in the plane not to bring any food that was prepared by PAL during the flight..

Yeah, I don't want to bring food too but the polvoron was requested by my father-in-law so I've no choice. laughing.gif

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Yes..make sure you put all that has value on your carry on baggage..i dont know about the polvoron thing..we just didnt let her bring any food going here, just to avoid any hassle inspection in customs.plus we are brief in the plane not to bring any food that was prepared by PAL during the flight..

Sorry, but you are wrong. Personal effects need not be declared.

Declare: Cash in excess of $10k UDS. Commercial items (things purchased and brought over with the intent to re-sell). Expensive gifts.

The part about items purchased abroad refers to people who leave the US, buy a LOT of stuff overseas, then bring it back. Do enough of that, and you will pay an import tax. But it's not about an incoming person's clothing, electronics, etc. You can just leave it blank or put N/A on that part. She's not a visitor, as she will not be leaving. She is intending to be a resident.

If you want to be REAL honest, put a fair amount down for gifts purchased. I'm fairly certain it will be so low in value coming from the PI that it won't trigger a taxable event.

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Sorry, but you are wrong. Personal effects need not be declared.

Declare: Cash in excess of $10k UDS. Commercial items (things purchased and brought over with the intent to re-sell). Expensive gifts.

The part about items purchased abroad refers to people who leave the US, buy a LOT of stuff overseas, then bring it back. Do enough of that, and you will pay an import tax. But it's not about an incoming person's clothing, electronics, etc. You can just leave it blank or put N/A on that part. She's not a visitor, as she will not be leaving. She is intending to be a resident.

If you want to be REAL honest, put a fair amount down for gifts purchased. I'm fairly certain it will be so low in value coming from the PI that it won't trigger a taxable event.

If you just read on what she ask then you should have understood that i said that she doesnt need to declare it.customs are more strict on food items entering here..


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Mar 12, 2018       Received scheduled interview letter

Apr 20, 2018        Scheduled interview

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Yes..make sure you put all that has value on your carry on baggage..i dont know about the polvoron thing..we just didnt let her bring any food going here, just to avoid any hassle inspection in customs.plus we are brief in the plane not to bring any food that was prepared by PAL during the flight..

If you just read on what she ask then you should have understood that i said that she doesnt need to declare it.customs are more strict on food items entering here..

I did read it. And it was wrong, that's why I corrected you.

And food is just fine, if you follow the rules. Many bring food over.

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Hey im just saying if you have personal items that has value,put it in your carry on and not on your check in baggage..you dont want your laptop stolen or get damage in between the flight..i knew some of my fiance's friends who werent allowed food stuff from phi..i guess it depends on the custom officer checking it..

I did read it. And it was wrong, that's why I corrected you.

And food is just fine, if you follow the rules. Many bring food over.


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May 16, 2017      In-Line for Interview

Mar 12, 2018       Received scheduled interview letter

Apr 20, 2018        Scheduled interview

Apr 20, 2018        Naturalization interview APPROVED !!!

Jun 18, 2018       In-line for the Oath Ceremony

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Doesn't matter if it's carried on or checked, if it meets the rules for declaration, you must declare it.

You are correct, valuable/delicate items should go as carry on. But the question is about declaring items, not how to pack a suitcase. ;)

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Sorry, but you are wrong. Personal effects need not be declared.

Declare: Cash in excess of $10k UDS. Commercial items (things purchased and brought over with the intent to re-sell). Expensive gifts.

The part about items purchased abroad refers to people who leave the US, buy a LOT of stuff overseas, then bring it back. Do enough of that, and you will pay an import tax. But it's not about an incoming person's clothing, electronics, etc. You can just leave it blank or put N/A on that part. She's not a visitor, as she will not be leaving. She is intending to be a resident.

If you want to be REAL honest, put a fair amount down for gifts purchased. I'm fairly certain it will be so low in value coming from the PI that it won't trigger a taxable event.

The customs officer from LAX that I spoke with on the phone this evening seemed to think that she needs to fill in the dollar amount as a visitor, not a resident.

But he did confirm the rest of what you said about not needing to declare personal items, just gifts.


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The customs officer from LAX that I spoke with on the phone this evening seemed to think that she needs to fill in the dollar amount as a visitor, not a resident.

But he did confirm the rest of what you said about not needing to declare personal items, just gifts.

Interesting. I guess technically she isn't a resident until she gets a GC. But it's not like she's entering with the intent to stay awhile and leave. Guess it's kind of a gray area. Fail to meet the 90-day window, and suddenly you're a visitor, eh? :)

Thanks for the feedback!

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Nothing should surprise us after what each of us has experienced. Call again and talk to another agent and I bet you get a different answer. You may think you have seen it all, but you haven't.


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Nothing should surprise us after what each of us has experienced. Call again and talk to another agent and I bet you get a different answer. You may think you have seen it all, but you haven't.

Why, what happened to you at customs?


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