Application Process for Global Entry
To apply for Global Entry, you need to start by creating an account on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website. Once you have created an account, you will need to complete the online application for Global Entry. The application requires you to provide personal information such as your name, address, employment details, and travel history.
After you have submitted your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $100. Once your fee is processed, your application will be reviewed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
As part of the application process, you may be required to attend an interview with a CBP officer. The interview is typically conducted at a Global Entry enrollment center, and it is an opportunity for the CBP officer to ask you questions about your application and your travel history. If the CBP officer approves your application, you will be granted Global Entry status, which will allow you to use the expedited screening lanes at participating airports and other border crossings.
Wait Time for Global Entry Approval
The wait time for Global Entry approval can vary depending on the volume of applications being processed. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to receive approval.
After submitting your application and paying the fee, you will receive a notification that your application has been received. This notification will include a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) that you can use for TSA PreCheck until your Global Entry application is approved.
If your application is conditionally approved, you will receive an email inviting you to schedule an interview at a Global Entry enrollment center. The wait time for an interview appointment can also vary depending on the location and demand.
To check the status of your application, you can log in to your Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account and view your application status. If you have been waiting longer than the expected processing time, you can contact the CBP directly for an update.
Scheduling an Interview for Global Entry
Once your Global Entry application has been conditionally approved, you will need to schedule an interview with a CBP officer at a Global Entry enrollment center. The interview is a required step in the application process, and it is an opportunity for the CBP officer to verify your identity and ask you questions about your application and travel history.
To schedule an interview, log in to your Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account and select “Schedule an Interview” under the Global Entry program. You will then be prompted to select an enrollment center and an available appointment time.
The availability of interview appointments can vary depending on the location and demand. It is recommended that you schedule your interview as soon as possible to avoid any potential delays in the approval process.
If you need to reschedule your interview, you can do so by logging in to your TTP account and selecting “Manage Appointment” under the Global Entry program. It is important to note that rescheduling your interview may delay the approval of your Global Entry application.
Tips to Expedite Global Entry Process
While the Global Entry application process can take some time, there are several tips that can help expedite the process:
Apply well in advance: It is recommended that you apply for Global Entry well in advance of your next trip to allow for ample processing time.
Provide accurate information: Be sure to provide accurate and complete information on your application to avoid delays or denials.
Check your application status: Log in to your Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account regularly to check the status of your application and ensure that you have completed all necessary steps.
Schedule your interview promptly: Once your application has been conditionally approved, schedule your interview appointment as soon as possible to avoid any potential delays.
Be prepared for your interview: Bring all required documentation to your interview and be prepared to answer questions about your application and travel history.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your Global Entry application is processed as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: What’s the Difference?
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck are both programs that allow travelers to expedite the airport security screening process, but they have some key differences.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to expedite their entry into the United States. In addition to providing expedited processing at U.S. ports of entry, Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck, which provides expedited screening at participating U.S. airports.
TSA PreCheck is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program that allows pre-approved travelers to use dedicated screening lanes at participating U.S. airports. TSA PreCheck is primarily focused on expedited security screening and does not provide expedited processing at U.S. ports of entry.
Both Global Entry and TSA PreCheck require a separate application and fee. Global Entry costs $100 for a five-year membership, while TSA PreCheck costs $85 for a five-year membership.
Travelers who frequently travel internationally and domestically may find that Global Entry is a more comprehensive program, while those who primarily travel domestically may find that TSA PreCheck is sufficient.