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Heya!

 

My husband flew from the UK, so the situation is a bit different. If he drives across the border, I can't see why they wouldn't let him through with his belongings, provided he has the visa and follows the laws. 


 

 

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A quick Google search gave me this:

https://mypathtocitizenship.com/k1-port-of-entry-process-what-expect-us-first-time/

It sounds like the procedure is the same at every Port of Entry, they take you aside, the Border Patrol agent goes through your documents and asks some simple questions, then lets you in.

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If he has a K-1 visa, it shouldn't be an issue either way.

If he tries to come bring his stuff via land without a visa or without one that permits immigrant intent, that's another issue entirely.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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With a K1 you would be expected to bring as much as you can.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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I asked the border guard this question on Thursday when I crossed over peace bridge. He said I can bring all my personal belongings. I specifically asked because it's all tools and equipment but he said all is good.

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He should either drive down with all of his things or use a moving company.  Since it will be about 6 months before he can travel out of the USA or work, it would probably be best.  Granted he does have 10 years to move his things.

 

Cars are normally people's biggest issues.  You have a year to import a car that meets US safety standards and is completely owned (aka no lien.)


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Posted (edited)

When I moved from the UK I shipped most of my things, but I still brought a fair amount in my baggage. As a non green card holder at that time, I had to fill in the customs card and it asked if I was bringing things worth over $100 (I think, memory is a little patchy) that would remain in the USA after my visit. I asked the customs officer what to put here, as I would be staying in the US so everything would be staying in the US. He said just ignore it, that it didn't apply to me as I was moving permanently.

 

I had no problems with customs or entry to the US on my K1.

 

For my things that shipped, I'd already filled in a lot of forms that my shipping company sent me, with details of my visa etc. This made it through customs fine with no charges to pay other than the standard charges I'd pre-paid with my shipping company for inspections etc.

If you are driving in from Canada I imagine its much easier. I'm not sure if they'd ask for a list of items that are being brought into the country (I had to itemize everything for the shipping, but not when I brought items in myself in my luggage).

Edited by Limey

--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAP and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017

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15 hours ago, Tinman71 said:

I asked the border guard this question on Thursday when I crossed over peace bridge. He said I can bring all my personal belongings. I specifically asked because it's all tools and equipment but he said all is good.

He has a bunch of tools too. That was the thing that worried me. Thank you!

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