CBP Expands Global Entry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded eligibility for the Trusted Traveler Program “Global Entry” to include citizens of India. India becomes the 11th country whose citizens are eligible to enroll in Global Entry.
Benefits of the Program
Global Entry allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. This allows CBP to focus resources on higher risk (non-vetted) travelers, and for enrolled travelers results in much shorter wait times in clearing Immigration/ Customs at U.S. ports of entry. Global Entry is currently available at 53 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations. Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program. Currently more than 4 million travelers are enrolled in Global Entry.
Eligible Nationalities U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry. In addition, citizens of certain countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland (added 2/1/17), the United Kingdom and now India may apply. Note that citizens of the Netherlands are not currently eligible for Global Entry, as the U.S. and the Netherlands recently signed a new agreement which is pending implementation. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks.
Process Applications must be submitted online, through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website. The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 online. Once the applicant passes a background check, a CBP officer will conduct an interview with the applicant at one of more than 100 Global Entry Enrollment Centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, and Qatar. CBP will then make a final eligibility determination for enrollment.
CBP advises that while the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, enrolled members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions may result in revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.
Advisory: Updating Visa Information Global Entry members who are entering the U.S. in a nonimmigrant status must maintain updated visa information with CBP. If a Global Entry member obtains a new visa, or obtains a new petition for a work visa (for example, an I-797 approval notice for a change or extension of status), the member must notify CBP in-person at a Global Entry enrollment center. If the visa information is incomplete or not properly updated with CBP, the Global Entry kiosk may incorrectly calculate the traveler’s class of admission and admission date, which may result in an inadvertent overstay and/or cancellation of the traveler’s Global Entry membership. A member must visit an enrollment center in-person to add or update visa information.
Advisory: Updating Passport Information U.S. citizens must also notify CBP in-person at a Global Entry enrollment center if there is any change in their travel documentation, such as a renewed passport.
For more information on the Global Entry Program, please see Global Entry.
CBP Launches Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival at 5 International Airports
Program launches at airports in Houston, Austin, San Francisco and Vancouver
On July 7, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched Enrollment on Arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview, the final step of the Global Entry enrollment process, while clearing CBP processing. The program will shorten enrollment wait times for travelers at some of the busiest enrollment areas and will expand to additional airports in the coming months.