The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it is expanding eligibility for Global Entry to include citizens of the Republic of Colombia, citizens of the Republic of Singapore, and citizens of Switzerland.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry 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, where they 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.
Who is Eligible for Global Entry?
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment. Citizens of India, United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, South Korea and Mexican Nationals are eligible to apply. As of August 14, 2017, citizens of Colombia, Singapore, and Switzerland are also eligible. Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.
How do I apply for Global Entry?
- Create a Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. Regardless of your age, you must have your own GOES account.
- Log in to your GOES account and complete the application. A $100 non-refundable fee is required for each completed application.
- After accepting your completed application and fee, CBP will review your application. If your application is conditionally approved, then your GOES account will instruct you to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Each applicant must schedule a separate interview.
- You will need to bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your machine-readable permanent resident card.
For more information about Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs, click on this link for the CBP dedicated web page on this topic. If you are affected by this development and have questions about traveling to the U.S., please contact us. We are here to help. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn for up-to-date immigration news.