Last time, we explained how TSA Precheck works and how to sign up. For international travelers, another program, Global Entry, allows you to go through Immigration and Customs more quickly when entering the United States from overseas. Global Entry also includes TSA Precheck. This blog article explains how Global Entry works and how you can sign up.
Global Entry is an expedited clearance program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select major airports. Your time is valuable. As a pre-screened Global Entry member, you arrive in the United States, check-in at the Global Entry kiosk and you’re on your way. You also have access to expedited entry benefits in other countries, and TSA Precheck is included.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of a few other countries are eligible for Global Entry. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment. While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States.
To apply for Global Entry, you must create a Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. Regardless of your age, you must have your own GOES account. Then log in to your GOES account and complete the application. A $100 non-refundable fee – good for five years – is required with 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. Both Dulles and BWI airports have enrollment centers. 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 permanent resident card.
If you wish to learn more about Global Entry, please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry or call ATS at 301-662-8080. Remember, Global Entry is only $15 more for five years than TSA Precheck.