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Hi - my spouse just got her immigrant visa. On the customs form at POE:

 

1. Would she fill in the resident or visitor for question 15? I only ask because form what Ive read my spouse won't be considered a "resident" until she clears immigration for the first time and obviously she isn't a visitor

 

2. I have heard conflicting information but is jewelry dutiable? the following makes it sound like so: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/kbyg/customs-duty-info

 

Household Effects & Personal Effects - Customs Duty Guidance

Household effects conditionally included are duty-free. These include such items as furniture, carpets, paintings, tableware, stereos, linens, and similar household furnishings; tools of the trade, professional books, implements, and instruments.

You may import household effects you acquired abroad duty-free if:

  • You used them abroad for no less than one year.
  • They are not intended for any other person or for sale.

For Customs purposes, clothing, jewelry, photography equipment, portable radios, and vehicles are considered personal effects and cannot be brought in duty-free as household effects. However, duty is usually waived on personal effects more than one year of age. All vehicles are dutiable.

 

3. If there are items that we would bring later ourselves (my wife will visit her home country in a few months), do we need to give CBP a list?

 

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As a new immigrant she’s fine on all counts you mention. Nothing to declare, unless she’s traveling with >10k in cash, or too much alcohol and tobacco.  The form will be checked first by the same POE officer admitting her as an immigrant so there won’t be confusion on that score, and by the time she actually reaches customs she will already be an LPR.

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