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Declaring clothes, etc during entry on K1 visa

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Not if you've owned the items for more than a year and you declare them as personal belongings. Are you shipping them over or traveling with them?

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31 minutes ago, Flynn G said:



Do you need to declare and pay duties on your personal items that you're bringing with you when you enter customs coming in on a K1 visa? Thanks,





If you don't bring merchandise to sell or bring new, expensive electronics that are still in the package (think about an expensive iPhone, laptop etc) you usually don't have to pay for anything. Make sure you declare everything they ask for

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I entered via land with all my stuff.  No fees for personal effects (clothing, kitchenware, small appliances/electronics), and other miscellaneous items.  I did have each box numbered and had a printed out list of the contents of each box.  Ie.  Box 1 - clothing.


Additionally, you have 1 year in which to “import” your car (if applicable).  So I drove my ON car in NY for nearly a year before having to register with the DMV, because there was a delay in getting a letter of compliance from the carmaker until unresolved (and up to then, unknown to me) recall items were dealt with.


Also, I believe you have up to 10 years to bring over left behind personal items.  Generally, every time my parents come visit, they bring me stuff stored at their place.  They always declare it and explain

it’s mine, and they haven’t run into a problem yet.

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