I would like to bring food (i.e. milk chocolate, cookies, ...) back from my home country (France) into the US. I don't go home often, so I'd like to bring back about $200 worth of food items. I am currently a PhD student holding an F1 visa.
As the Customs and Border protection puts it:
Whether or not you are eligible for an exemption and what it will be depends on your residency status, the country you are coming from, how long you were there, what you purchased or received, the country the goods were made in, and the price paid for the goods. source
There seems to be general rules for US citizens, however:
Depending on the countries you have visited, your personal exemption will be $200, $800, or $1,600. source
I cannot find similar guidelines for non-resident aliens, however. I did find this:
If you are a nonresident visiting the U.S. with gifts, your personal belongings, or goods for resale, there is a possibility you will not have to pay duty. For instance, if you are visiting the U.S. for 72 hours or more you are allowed to bring up to $100 worth of goods duty-free. source
I am not sure, however, whether this depends on anything like one's visa status, or the length of one's stay beyond 72 hours, and so on.
How much can I bring back duty-free from my home country as an F1-visa holder (PhD student)?