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I'm trying to figure out what/ how many items I can bring with me when I move to the states. For some context, I am k1 Canadian, moving to the states (Michigan). My Fiancé's parents and him are planning to come pick me up when I get my passport/visa back. My issue is that my mom refuses to let me keep anything at her place so I would have nowhere to store items. I really only have clothes, a couple of shoes, bathroom care, makeup/perfume, a couple nicknacks, camera gear, two computers (desktop/laptop), large printer, two-ish boxes of books, a couple of purses.. and a few teddy bears lol.. I have a desk and a side table that I would like to bring, but I'm worried I won't be able to. 

 

From what I read, you have to make an inventory of household items (desk, side table) and price them... But I don't understand if you have to list and price every single piece of clothing and personal items (make up, perfume, etc..) 

 

Any information would be helpful! 


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You can make a general inventory list covering the big items, you don't have to list every shade of lipstick unless you have nothing better to do with your time. I have never heard of any so called limits on how much you can bring ( But I don't suggest a 53' tractor trailer) from what it sounds like you only have a truck bed full of items, so no big deal. Check the CBP website for a list of any items that must be declared ( Firearms/ ammunition, etc.) and make sure you mention those and have them available for inspection. They understand you are moving your whole life to be with your fiancee, so they are pretty reasonable to let you bring your life with you especially on a K1 visa where you wont be traveling back for about 6 months. Sounds like you will be fine... But those teddy bears may be suspicious.... LOL, just kidding.

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3 minutes ago, Loren Y said:

You can make a general inventory list covering the big items, you don't have to list every shade of lipstick unless you have nothing better to do with you time. I have never heard of any so called limits on how much you can bring ( But I don't suggest a 53' tractor trailer) from what it sounds like you only have a truck bed full of items, so no big deal. Check the CBP website for a list of any items that must be declared ( Firearms/ ammunition, etc.) and make sure you mention those and have them available for inspection. They understand you are moving your whole life to be with your fiancee, so they are pretty reasonable to let you bring your life with you especially on a K1 visa where you wont be traveling back for about 6 months. Sounds like you will be fine... But those teddy bears may be suspicious.... LOL, just kidding.

LOL! Yeah I think I will only have about a truck bed full, and maybe fill the backseat lol! Thank you for the information! I tried googling it, but it's all just general information it makes it confusing. 


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Just now, MariahK said:

LOL! Yeah I think I will only have about a truck bed full, and maybe fill the backseat lol! Thank you for the information! I tried googling it, but it's all just general information it makes it confusing. 

I know you don't see too much information available, but I binge watched about 4 seasons of US Boarder Patrol series and got to see all types of people crossing the border ( Mostly from Canada) on all types of visas including K1, and even if not coming on a K1 some people brought a bunch of stuff. The ones that had the truckload of stuff and were trying to get in on a Visiting/ Tourist Visa had issues because it looked like they were moving permanently and not going to return, but you don't have that issue as you have the correct Visa to be bringing a bunch of stuff with you.

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we did it the other way moving a daughter to Brantford 2 hours west of Toronto

took our small motorcyle trailer full of furniture she boought here

no one checked it at the niagara falls location but we handed them a small list of items in the trailer

since Canada was now legalized pot i would think they could be checking for that now to make sure none is coming in here / maybe not

 

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12 minutes ago, adil-rafa said:

we did it the other way moving a daughter to Brantford 2 hours west of Toronto

took our small motorcyle trailer full of furniture she boought here

no one checked it at the niagara falls location but we handed them a small list of items in the trailer

since Canada was now legalized pot i would think they could be checking for that now to make sure none is coming in here / maybe not

 

Yeah that would make sense, I don't smoke it anyways so no worries there lol! Thanks for your answer! 


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I took a uhaul full of furniture etc.  You can move all your things at once.  Just make a general list.

Example:

Box 1 - books

Box 2 - clothes

Etc...


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3 hours ago, NikLR said:

I took a uhaul full of furniture etc.  You can move all your things at once.  Just make a general list.

Example:

Box 1 - books

Box 2 - clothes

Etc...

Thats perfect, thank you!


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As a note, if you are renting a uhaul or similar vehicle a lot of rental companies don't let you cross international boarders with their vehicles. Just make sure you are covered that way I think you just have to let them know. I caught a little flak when I had a rental from Detroit and went into Windsor for the day. Coming back CBP was knocking on the door panels and did a pretty exhaustive search of the vehicle. I guess a lot of people rent cars to smuggle stuff back across the boarder. Not being a criminal myself, that never crossed my mind, but it made sense.

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4 hours ago, Loren Y said:

As a note, if you are renting a uhaul or similar vehicle a lot of rental companies don't let you cross international boarders with their vehicles. Just make sure you are covered that way I think you just have to let them know. I caught a little flak when I had a rental from Detroit and went into Windsor for the day. Coming back CBP was knocking on the door panels and did a pretty exhaustive search of the vehicle. I guess a lot of people rent cars to smuggle stuff back across the boarder. Not being a criminal myself, that never crossed my mind, but it made sense.

Uhauls are not an issue. Rental cars however are. 


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3 hours ago, NikLR said:

Uhauls are not an issue. Rental cars however are. 

Thats good to know! Should be no worries though, my fiancé is coming to get me with his brother and truck lol 


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My sister and brother in law drove me down almost a year ago now with all my boxes in the back seat with me and my cat and the truck full. I did make an itemized sheet but they never even looked at it. Nor did they look at my cat. I mentioned her and they said yeah that is fine long as you make sure she has the shots she needs for Colorado. The only reason we were 2 hours at the border was because I went through the 24 hour port at the Peace Garden and they hadn't done a k-1 visa in years and had to call to find out how. LOL

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16 hours ago, pajobra said:

My sister and brother in law drove me down almost a year ago now with all my boxes in the back seat with me and my cat and the truck full. I did make an itemized sheet but they never even looked at it. Nor did they look at my cat. I mentioned her and they said yeah that is fine long as you make sure she has the shots she needs for Colorado. The only reason we were 2 hours at the border was because I went through the 24 hour port at the Peace Garden and they hadn't done a k-1 visa in years and had to call to find out how. LOL

Oh wow,  two hours lol! We're going through Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario.. I know they've done at least one k1 visa lol! I'm going to make a vague list of items just incase. Did you have to pay a fee to enter? 


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