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Hello there, sorry for the long winded question but here goes...

 

I am looking for some help with filling out the form "CBP Form 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles".

 

I understand I have to have a packing list for items I've owned for over a year, but what do I do for the items that I've had for less than a year? I don't want to get into any trouble so any info on this would be appreciated.

 

For items like clothes that will be in my suitcase and ok the plane with me, what do I do for those? Is there a certain for I need for accompanied goods??

 

Also If you have any other tips on other forms I may need or things i should do to make things smoother with regards to personal items, let me know!

 

Thanks!

 

- Jacob

 

Edit: I'm on a k1 visa!

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Welcome to the forum!

 

Your thread is being moved from the K-1 Process forum to the "Moving to the US" forum, where similar questions are often asked. :) 


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The clothes are good, there are a list of things that is not allowed into the US as you're probably aware of it...

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips/travel-checklist

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule

 

As I've never seen this form before, sometimes it is probably best asking someone who know how helps you out with it like any of the official if you're nearby.

Edited by WaterLeaf

K-1 Visa process
Sent packet: August 10, 2018

USCIS Received package: August 14, 2018
Notification in text/email: August 17, 2018
Mail received from USCIS: January 22, 2019
USCIS Approved I-129F Petition: January 17, 2019

NVC Received Case: February 14, 2019

NVC Case # Assigned: February 14, 2019

US Embassy Received: Not sure but got email reply - March 11, 2019
Instructions Received via e-mail: March 19, 2019

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Thanks for moving the topic!

 

Waterleaf!,Thanks for the info but this certain form applies as I am planning on moving permanently to the USA and am bringing personal items like electronics and some art etc. I'm just not quite understanding the instructions on how to fill it out. Thanks though!

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Yeah that's the one I don't know about yet. Hopefully other who had already moved to the US can share some experience!


K-1 Visa process
Sent packet: August 10, 2018

USCIS Received package: August 14, 2018
Notification in text/email: August 17, 2018
Mail received from USCIS: January 22, 2019
USCIS Approved I-129F Petition: January 17, 2019

NVC Received Case: February 14, 2019

NVC Case # Assigned: February 14, 2019

US Embassy Received: Not sure but got email reply - March 11, 2019
Instructions Received via e-mail: March 19, 2019

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4 hours ago, jcabs58 said:

Hello there, sorry for the long winded question but here goes...

 

I am looking for some help with filling out the form "CBP Form 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles".

 

I understand I have to have a packing list for items I've owned for over a year, but what do I do for the items that I've had for less than a year? I don't want to get into any trouble so any info on this would be appreciated.

 

For items like clothes that will be in my suitcase and ok the plane with me, what do I do for those? Is there a certain for I need for accompanied goods??

 

Also If you have any other tips on other forms I may need or things i should do to make things smoother with regards to personal items, let me know!

 

Thanks!

 

- Jacob

 

Edit: I'm on a k1 visa!

The form is for unaccompanied articles,  if you are entering with your luggage then this is not needed.  We entered last week with 6 suitcases,  did not declare anything,  was not asked anything,  was waived right through 


YMMV

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5 hours ago, payxibka said:

The form is for unaccompanied articles,  if you are entering with your luggage then this is not needed.  We entered last week with 6 suitcases,  did not declare anything,  was not asked anything,  was waived right through 

Thanks for the info! Did you write up a list of stuff just to be safe? Or did they give you a form once you were in the usa? Also would you know what I do if i am shipping unaccompanied items that haven't been used for over a year?

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10 hours ago, jcabs58 said:

I am looking for some help with filling out the form "CBP Form 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles".

 

I understand I have to have a packing list for items I've owned for over a year, but what do I do for the items that I've had for less than a year? 

I found that form to be pretty confusing, too, especially as it doesn't seem to address non-residents' personal effects at all, e.g., clothes.  I also wasn't sure if CBP really wanted me to sacrifice a tree just to make detailed packing lists that most likely nobody would read anyway.  In the end I decided to save that tree and only listed broad groups of items, something like: "personal effects, used: clothes, 50 nos.,  $1000".  

 

10 hours ago, jcabs58 said:

For items like clothes that will be in my suitcase and ok the plane with me, what do I do for those?

For items you bring on the plane you fill out form 6059B.  That's the little paper slip that they hand out on international flights. 

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1 hour ago, jcabs58 said:

Thanks for the info! Did you write up a list of stuff just to be safe? Or did they give you a form once you were in the usa? Also would you know what I do if i am shipping unaccompanied items that haven't been used for over a year?

No inventory,  just prepared the customs form handed out on the flight 


YMMV

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