Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the United States has launched a service that makes planning an entry interview from abroad a lot easier than before. This service, called “Enrollment on Arrival”, allows travellers to add their entrance interview to the US to facilitate international entries.
The Global Entry Interview is a common immigration program for travellers who return to the United States, and by launching this new program, the CBP hopes to make changes that will help save time.
The Enrollment on Arrival program will allow international travellers to avoid a long and irritating wait that can sometimes take months. Once approved by the Global Entry program, travellers can go to any Global Entry kiosk to scan their passport and their fingerprints before proceeding to the baggage claim area. Global Entry members can also take advantage of TSA Pre-Check – the program that allows low-risk pre-approved travellers to go through security checkpoints more quickly as an additional bonus.
American citizens, nationals, and permanent legal residents are all eligible for this program with a NEXUS membership card. Countries with pre-approved low-risk travel arrangements such as the United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Switzerland are also eligible for Global Entry.
In order to be part of the five-year affiliation program, travellers have to submit an online application and pass a background check before having an interview with a CBP agent on site at select airports.
Although some travellers may have followed these steps, they still have to have an interview to become a member.
The program requires you to pay a $100 fee before the interview at the Global Entry enrollment centres. These centres also include those from Canada and Qatar.
Travellers should note that other criteria may also apply if necessary.
This new service is currently available in certain American airports, including New York (JFK), Tampa (TPA) and San Francisco (SFO) as well as in certain Canadian and international airports such as Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Dublin (DUB).
For a complete list of countries, go to the CBP’s website.
Here are three simple steps on how to apply for an ESTA.