Best movers Vancouver- International Moving Documentation

Best Choice Moving are not Vancouver movers, we are also specialists in long distance moves and storage solutions as well.Best Choice Moving and Storage are not just movers in Vancouver, but we also offer international moves as well. Here are somethings to consider when moving to the United States:

  1. Packing List for Overseas Moving for Personal and Commerical
  2. Estimate Form for Moving to calculate cubic and weight
  3. Claim form if anything for claim
  4. Form 3299

You should be aware that neither us or any other mover has any direct control over the enforcement of customs regulations or policies. Therefore we encourage you to directly contact the appropriate agencies or consulates to obtain detailed information, specific to your individual situation.

In some instances it will be necessary for you to obtain pre-clearance certificates or to post bonds in accordance with various regulations. Your employer or solicitor can assist in these matters on your behalf so it is always wise to consult with them as early in the process as possible. Importation requirements will vary depending on your customs status. There are three main categories:

  • Returning Residents
  • Non Resident / First Time Immigrants
  • Part-Time / Season Residents

For assistance in determining your residency status contact the Citizenship and Immigration Service at
www.uscis.gov/

1) You are a U.S. citizen moving back to the U.S. from Canada

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy of U.S. Passport or clear photocopy
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299

2) You are a Canadian citizen moving to the U.S. for work

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Canadian Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Work Visa stamped on passport by U.S. Customs

3) You are a Canadian citizen moving to the U.S.

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Canadian Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Copy of a Permanent Resident card (Green Card)
  • Copy of your I-94 departure record

4) You are a Landed Immigrant moving to the U.S. for work

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Work Visa stamped on passport by U.S. Customs

You are required to complete a U.S. customs form 3299. You should make 4 copies of this form (all with original signatures). Give three copies to us and keep one for yourself. This is given to our driver. He presents the form to the U.S. customs official at the border along with a copy of your Bill of Lading and a copy of your descriptive household goods inventory form.

Here are a few tips that may prevent any clearance problems:

  1. Use your full name – not initials.
  2. Only enter the full name of family members who are accompanying you to the U.S. if they have received their visas. Otherwise, just list the name of the main importer who has a visa.
  3. Even though there is not a specific box for it on the form, mark your Social Insurance Number or your U.S. Social Security Number on the top of the form.
  4. Give a copy of your entry/work/study visa (front and back) to your Best Choice Moving sales representative.
  5. Provide a copy of your “offer of employment” letter with the salary information marked out.
  6. Provide a copy of all pages from your passport including a clear copy of your photo page. Returning U.S. Residents do not require a passport. A copy of your birth certificate and one piece of photo identification (i.e. driver’s license) is acceptable.
  7. If your spouse has a different surname, then you should attach a copy of your marriage certificate to your form 3299. Remember not to list your spouse unless he/she has an entry visa.

Usually you don’t need to be present at the border when your goods clear customs. You should precede your goods into the United States to ensure your status is approved. If for some reason the goods cannot be cleared at the border (generally if paperwork is not in order) then U.S. customs will place the shipment “in bond”. You will then have to report to a customs office at destination to “personally” clear your shipment. If you are not available they will request that we put the shipment into storage in a “bonded” warehouse thus incurring extra charges for you.

Please see these three documents below:

  1. How to fill out form 3299, #1 of 3
  2. How to fill out form 3299, #2 of 3
  3. How to fill out form 3299, #3 of 3