What is Global Entry?

July 23, 2020

Global Entry is a program provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). International travelers who wish to avoid long lines upon re-entering the U.S. may wish to apply for the program, which allows for expedited clearance through automatic kiosks at select airports. Qualified applicants, such as U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain countries, must submit to a background check and in-person interview in order to be approved for the Global Entry program. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it may be difficult to obtain approval into the program. It is best to seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable immigration lawyer for further assistance.

Global Entry Eligibility Requirements

Only certain individuals are eligible for the Global Entry program. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are among those who may qualify, as well Mexican nationals and citizens of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • India
  • Colombia
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Panama
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

Depending on an individual’s country of citizenship, there may be additional requirements. Those who falsify information or provide an incomplete application may not be eligible for the Global Entry program, as well as those who are:

  • High-risk or otherwise inadmissible to the U.S. under immigration regulation
  • The subject of an ongoing government investigation
  • Pending criminal charges or outstanding warrants
  • Violating any customs, immigration, or agriculture laws

How Do I Apply for Global Entry?

Those who wish to apply for the Global Entry Program must create a Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account, complete the online application, and pay the appropriate fee. The CBP will then review the application for conditional approval pending an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Applicants must bring a valid passport and another form of identification to the interview, where they will also provide fingerprints and a photo taken by a CBP officer.

Enrollment is Currently Suspended for New York Residents

Residents of New York are currently unable to apply for Global Entry, as well as several other TTPs. Due to Green Light Laws, which recently went into effect, undocumented immigrants are allowed to apply for a New York driver’s license without sharing their information with enforcement agencies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is therefore unable to access DMV records to ensure that applicants meet eligibility requirements. While the CBP no longer accepts new applications or renewals, those who already have memberships may continue to use them.

Benefits of Global Entry

Those who qualify and are approved for the Global Entry program may avoid long lines by checking in at automated kiosks at the airport. They will scan their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, have their fingerprints scanned for verification, and complete a customs declaration form. After receiving a receipt, they will be allowed to proceed to baggage claim and exit the airport. The CBP cautions that travelers may be selected for further examination, even if they are a member of the Global Entry Program, and that any violation of the terms and conditions may result in termination of membership privileges.

Vineland Immigration Lawyers at the MC Law Group, LLC Assist Those Applying for Global Entry

If you have questions about the Global Entry Program or other immigration law matters, contact a Vineland immigration lawyer at the MC Law Group, LLC. Our experienced attorneys serve clients throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-496-0690.