Are you looking for ways to stream line your travel? One of the easiest is to cut down on time needed at the airport, which is the promise of emerging programs like TSA pre-check and Global Entry.
Today we’ll dive in to the details of Global Entry to help answer the questions you might have about this program. Here’s your Global Entry Guide from the benefits to the usage:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides this description:
“Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.”
Breaking down the legal talk, Global Entry allows US citizens to more quickly enter the country.
The process is long due to wait times for an interview, but very easy:
Due to the current demand on this system, many are finding that the first available appointment for an interview is 3-6 months from the date of application. You can complete the interview at any eligible location, which means there is a possibility of scheduling during a flight or using your existing travel schedule to find interviews sooner in different cities.
After receiving an email that you are conditionally approved, log back in to your GOES account and check for any new openings. Many travelers have reported finding earlier slots due to cancellations by checking once a week. You will have the ability to reschedule your interview through the GOES platform.
According to the US Customs and Border Patrol the following are eligible to apply:
What to bring to your interview:
The interview will include a quick photo, digital finger prints and then a conversation with an agent, who will verify your information and ask some basic questions:
At the end of the interview if you are approved, you will be provided with your new Trusted Traveler ID. Enter this on all of your new reservations and update old ones (there is a field just like Frequent Flyer). At this point all of your boarding passes will include a note for TSA pre-check when available and Global entry.