Global Entry is a trusted traveler program offered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency that allows pre-approved travelers to expedite the customs and immigration process when entering the United States. With Global Entry, travelers can bypass long lines, fill out fewer forms, and use self-service kiosks at select airports. This guide will provide an overview of the program and answer frequently asked questions about the process.
Who is Eligible for Global Entry?
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries are eligible to apply for Global Entry. In general, individuals must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
– Have not been convicted of any criminal offenses or violations of customs or immigration laws
– Have not provided false or incomplete information on any previous immigration or customs applications
– Have not been found in violation of any customs, agriculture, or public health regulations
– Are not currently under investigation by any local, state, federal, or international law enforcement agencies
How to Apply for Global Entry?
Applying for Global Entry involves completing an online application and attending an in-person interview. The application involves providing personal information such as name, date of birth, and contact information, as well as employment and travel history. The application fee is $100 per person, and it is non-refundable.
After submitting the online application, the applicant must wait for conditional approval before scheduling an interview. The interview can be scheduled at any Global Entry Enrollment Center, which is usually located at select airports across the United States. During the interview, the applicant will have to provide biometric data, such as fingerprints, and answer questions about their background and travel history.
After the interview, the applicant will receive a Global Entry card, which includes a RFID chip, and allows the traveler to use the self-service kiosks at select airports. The Global Entry card is valid for five years, after which the traveler will have to renew their membership.
Benefits of Global Entry
Global Entry provides many benefits to travelers, including:
– Faster processing times at select airports
– Access to dedicated customs and immigration lines
– No need to fill out customs declaration forms when returning from abroad
– No need to remove shoes, belts, or light jackets during security screenings
– TSA PreCheck eligibility, which allows for expedited security screenings
Q: How long does the application process take?
A: The application process can take several weeks to several months, depending on how quickly the applicant can schedule an interview.
Q: Can family members apply together?
A: Yes, family members can apply together as long as they all meet the eligibility criteria and pay the application fee.
Q: Can Global Entry be used for land or sea travel?
A: Yes, Global Entry can be used for land or sea travel when entering the United States from Canada or Mexico.
Q: Can Global Entry be used for international travel?
A: Global Entry is primarily intended for U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning from abroad. However, some other countries have reciprocal agreements that allow Global Entry members to use expedited processing lanes when entering their country.
Q: Can I use Global Entry if my passport is not from a participating country?
A: No, only citizens of participating countries can apply for Global Entry.
Global Entry offers many benefits to travelers including faster processing times, dedicated customs and immigration lines, and TSA PreCheck eligibility. It is a trusted traveler program that allows pre-approved travelers to expedite the customs and immigration process when entering the United States. The application process involves completing an online application and attending an in-person interview. Global Entry is valid for five years, after which the traveler must renew their membership.