Jump to content

3 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

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?


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.