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What is the Global Entry Program and What Does it Mean for You?

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The program and its benefits:

Global Entry Program is a new program developed to implement a single integrated passenger processing system that expedites the movement of frequent international air travelers.

In essence, the Global Entry Program, which allows approved and eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S. to use a Global Entry kiosk as an alternative to the regular passport control line. At the kiosk, Global Entry members will activate the system by inserting their U.S. passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader. The kiosk will direct travelers to provide digital fingerprints and will compare that biometric data with the fingerprints on file.

Global Entry travelers will be prompted to answer declaration related questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen. A transaction receipt will be issued upon completion that must be presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers prior to leaving the inspection area.

Who can participate?

Participation in the Global Entry Program is voluntary and only US Citizens and lawful permanent residents can qualify and are eligible to participate.

There are restrictions and limitations of participation and a participant cannot be eligible if:

  • convicted of a criminal offense in any country;
  • s/he has ever been found in violation of the customs or immigration laws of the U.S. or any serious criminal offense; or provided false or incomplete information on their application.
  • s/he is determined to present a potential risk for terrorism, criminality, smuggling, or unlawful immigration.
  • S/he is a child under the age of 14. (Note: children 14 years of age and older, but under the age of 18, will require written consent of a parent or legal guardian.)

How do you enroll?

A participant will need to sign on to Global On-line Enrollment System (GOES), set up a user account, fill out the application and submit it electronically through the system. The link for GOES can be found on the CBP web site or directly at:

After submission of your application and a review of your Global Entry application information, a full interview will occur, in which your identity will be verified and validated, your finger prints and face photo will be taken and a determination will be made on your application.

Cost and documents are needed with the application:

A processing fee of $100 per applicant is charged at the time of enrollment through GOES and membership will be valid for 5 years.

Documents needed with the application for U.S. Citizens are a valid machine-readable U.S. passport and one other form of identification at the time of interview (such as a driver’s license). Lawful permanent residents have to provide a machine-readable “green card” and one other form of identification that supports your residency claim.

Global Entry Sites:

The Global Entry Program began on June 10th at John F. Kennedy International, George Bush Intercontinental and Washington Dulles International  airports. The program is soon to expand to four additional airports: Los Angeles International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International, and Miami International.

Written by MithrasLaw

November 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm

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