Global Entry

Expedited clearance and entry to the U.S.

The Global Entry Program allows biometrically registered and pre-authorized travelers of certain nationalities to carry out passport control themselves at selected U.S. airports. This eliminates long waiting times and speeds up entry into the United States. In the following we have compiled the most important information on Global Entry. It's best to test right now online and free of charge with our Global Entry Check if you can take advantage of fast entry too. In addition, we inform you about recent changes in the Global Entry application process.

 

Global Entry Changes in the Corona crisis

On July 20, 2020 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced further news regarding Global Entry application and use.

Expansion of the participating countries

As of February 2022, Brazil is also officially one of the few countries that qualify for the Global Entry Program.
After many years of negotiations, U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection has announced that Brazil has now joined the growing list of 13 Global Entry partner countries.
The rule, announced Feb. 8, 2022, follows a limited pilot from 2019 and is intended to increase the number of Brazilian nationals who wish to travel to the U.S. for tourism and also for business and are eligible for Global Entry.

 

conditionally approved Global Entry members

Global Entry applicants who have been conditionally approved now have 730 days (= two years) from the date of conditional approval to complete their enrollment. Originally, the full application for Global Entry membership had to be completed within 365 days from conditional approval. Due to the pandemic, this one-year period was extended in stages (first 485 days, then 545 days).

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What is the CBP Global Entry Program?

The United States have four programs, the so-called Trusted Traveler Programs, which can accelerate the entry into the U.S. for the respective participants:

  1. Global Entry
  2. NEXUS
  3. SENTRI
  4. FAST

The U.S. Global Entry program is administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and is currently only available to low-risk travelers.

Membership in this program allows U.S. travelers to undergo simplified and expedited identity checks at border crossings at certain U.S. airports.

The Global Entry Program has grown considerably in recent years and is becoming increasingly popular. According to CBP statistics, membership has more than doubled in three years. While there were 2.4 million members in 2015, CBP already has 5.1 million Global Entry users by the beginning of April 2018.

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Global Entry Program Advantages

Participants in the Global Entry Program benefit from a number of advantages:

  • Fast border control
  • Shorter waiting times at the airport
  • No standing in the queue
  • Reduced administrative burden
  • Available at major US airports
  • Use of further entry privileges abroad
  • Participation in the TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck ist Vorteil des Global Entry Programs

Global Entry Program Requirements

Those who want to use the popular US entry program must meet certain Global Entry requirements.

Basically the following applies:

  1. Anyone wishing to register for CBP's Global Entry Program must be of one of the eligible nationalities.
    While from the German-speaking countries Germany and Switzerland are among the participating countries, Austrian citizens are excluded from Global Entry.
  2. In addition, a security check must be carried out, which varies according to the country of origin.
    German nationals, for example, are checked by the Federal Police.

There is no prescribed minimum number of entries into the United States.

 

Who can participate in the Global Entry Program?

Only nationals of the following countries may participate in the Global Entry Program:

Region

Countries

North America

United States
U.S. immigrants (Green Card holders)
Canadian NEXUS program participants can take advantage of the Global Entry benefits

Central and South America

Argentina
Brazil
Colombia
Mexico
Panama

Europe

Germany
Great Britain
Switzerland

Asia

India
Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan


Note: Austria is currently not one of the participating countries. Austrian nationals are therefore not allowed to apply for Global Entry.

Depending on their country of origin, individuals must pass certain security checks.

 

What are the reasons for a rejection of the Global Entry application?

The following reasons preclude admission to the Global Entry Program:

  • Citizenship of an ineligible country
  • Wrong or incomplete information in the application
  • A previous conviction for a criminal offence, a current criminal charge or an outstanding warrant
  • Current investigations of any kind against yourself
  • Previous violations of customs, immigration or agricultural regulations or laws of any country
  • CBP is not convinced of the applicant's low risk of danger

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Global Entry Program Beantragung

Global Entry Program Application

Anyone who wants to benefit from fast entry to the U.S. must first apply for membership of the Global Entry Program.

How does the Global Entry Program application work?

In order to participate in Global Entry, applicants must go through several application steps. Depending on the country of origin, some of the processing steps may differ.

The application process was changed in October 2020 to ensure better cross-agency as well as cross-country matching and to address the problems with PreCheck. The Global Entry application process is as follows:

  1. Online profile creationAt the beginning applicants have to create an account on the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website. There, the online application is completed and payment of the US$ 100 application fee is made. Applicants will then be assigned a Membership ID / PASSID for the Global Entry application.
  2. Security Check / Background CheckThe second step is the security check at the appropriate national authority (the preliminary check cannot be done in the U.S.). For German citizens, the border police pre-screening takes place at one of the registration offices of the German Federal Police at the six largest German airports (Berlin Brandenburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne / Bonn, Munich or Stuttgart).
    Note: Applicants must provide the German Federal Police with a membership number / PASSID number in order to complete the background check process.
  3. Preliminary Participation / Pre-Approval and Appointment ProcessOnce your application has been reviewed and approved by both the U.S. and the national authority (e.g. German Federal Police) (= conditional approval), you will receive an e-mail in your TTP account instructing you to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers or at a temporary location designated for Global Entry interviews. Applicants may also complete the interview upon arrival in the United States via Enrollment on Arrival (EoA). No appointment is required for the EoA process.
  4. Interview appointmentWhether you truly qualify for Global Entry will be determined at your personal interview. A U.S. Customs Border Protection officer will review your documents, ask you questions, take your picture, and scan your fingerprints. Bring your valid passport and also another form of identification, such as a driver's license or ID card, to the interview.

Once this last step is completed, a final confirmation of participation will be sent to the applicant by e-mail.

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Fingerprint scan. Photo by Rachel Torres

How long does it take to register for the Global Entry Program?

Due to the government shutdown in early 2019, there is still a huge backlog in the processing of Global Entry applications and renewals. At the same time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection now receives up to 7,000 Global Entry applications daily due to the popularity of the U.S. entry program. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are increasingly falling behind in processing, with the result that by the end of 2019, for example, 350,000 "open" Global Entry new applications and renewals were booked.

CBP states that Global Entry applications currently take up to ten months or more in total. Since this is an average figure, your Global Entry application may take shorter or longer in individual cases.

In addition to CBP's longer processing times, there are generally a limited number of appointments available at Enrollment Centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBP recommends that conditionally approved Global Entry members should always complete the Global Entry Interview via Enrollment on Arrival.

Can children become members?

Yes, children can also register for the Global Entry Program. They can participate even if their parents are not members of the Global Entry Program. Like adults, they must complete the enrollment process and submit their fingerprints.

However, minors under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian must be present at the registration interview.

Do you have questions about applying for Global Entry membership or need help with the application process? We are happy to help you!
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Global Entry Entry Procedure

Upon arrival at one of the participating U.S. airports, program participants go to one of the Global Entry kiosks and scan their machine-readable passport or Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

They must then place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification.

You can fill out the customs declaration directly at the machine. Based on this declaration, a receipt with further instructions is issued. Either the passenger has to go to a US border guard or can proceed directly to the baggage claim.

Attention: New Global Entry Kiosks have been set up at Los Angeles International Airport, where only the face of the traveler needs to be scanned. The algorithm compares this with matching personal data in the database, so there is no need to scan your passport or give fingerprints. This means that in the age of COVID-19, international travelers no longer have to touch anything on site when checking in. CBP also estimates that this will speed up the entry procedure by 90% (from 45 to 6 seconds).

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Global Entry Kiosk. Photo by James Tourtellotte

Global Entry validity

The Global Entry Program is currently valid for five years.

Note: German citizens must undergo a new check by the Federal Police one time after two years as part of an EasyPASS registration. For this purpose, CBP will send an e-mail request to the participant. If this check is not completed, the membership will expire.

How do I renew my Global Entry membership?

Membership can be renewed one year before the Global Entry expires.

To do so, participants must log into their account on the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website and update their personal data if necessary. The application can then be renewed and the fees paid.

As soon as the membership status changes, the participant will receive an e-mail.

Note: The application for renewal needs to be made no later than the last day of the valid membership.

Grace period for Global Entry renewals

If you have renewed your Global Entry membership prior to the expiry date and it has not yet been approved, CBP now grants 6 months after the membership expires during which you can continue to enjoy the benefits of the Global Entry Program. This means that verified members can continue to use the accelerated entry into the United States for half a year after membership expires, even if the renewal request is pending.

Which travelers will receive a Global Entry Card?

The Global Entry Card is a membership card. However, only American and Mexican citizens and Green Card holders (Legal Permanent Residents) receive such a Global Entry Card. The Global Entry Card is required to enter the United States overland, i.e. from Canada or Mexico.

All other Global Entry Participants will not receive a Global Entry Card or a visible identification or note in their passports.

Where can I find the Global Entry Number or membership number / PASSID?

The nine-digit Global Entry Membership Number is called Global Entry PASSID or Known Traveler Number. The Global Entry Number is located in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the Global Entry Card, for example, for US citizens or Green Card holders. Those who do not have a physical Global Entry Card can find their membership number in the login area of the Trusted Traveler Program website.

There is a second nine-digit number at the top right. This is the number of the Global ID Card.

Note: The CBP PASSID is requested, for example, in the ESTA form in connection with the Global Entry entry program.

Is an ESTA or visa required despite a Global Entry membership?

The Global Entry procedure serves exclusively to speed up the entry procedure and does not replace an entry and residence permit.

Therefore, participants of the Global Entry Program still need a valid U.S. visa to enter the United States (unless they can travel visa-free). A Global Entry application with the most common U.S. visas is possible (e.g. B-1 Business Visa or E-Work Visa). Those who enter visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program require a valid ESTA approval.

Note: Global Entry is not available with all visa categories. Some visa holders are excluded from participating in the Global Entry Program.

Visas excluded from Global Entry
C-1, C-2, C-3
H-1C, H-2A, H-2B, H-2R, H-3
K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4
M-1, M-2
N-8, N-9
Q-1, Q-2, Q-3
S-5, S-6, S-7
SK-1, SK-2, SK-4
T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5
U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5

 

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Why Global Entry with us?

We support you during the entire application process and are available by phone and e-mail. We offer the following Global Entry services:

Pre-audit

  • Before we can start the process, we check whether participation in Global Entry is possible.

Support and guidance

  • We provide you with extensive information material.
  • We help you to compile the application documentation.
  • We create the online account for the Global Entry registration for you.
  • We prepare you for the required security check at the national authority (e.g. Federal Police).

Check and correction

  • We review and check your application documents.

Application

  • We charge the Global Entry participation fee.
  • We take care of the online transmission of your Global Entry application to the US authorities.
  • We keep an eye on your application status and notify you of the provisional approval (or rejection, if applicable) of the application.

Global Entry Interview

  • Coordination and arrangement of the interview appointment at a Global Entry Enrollment Center.
  • Compilation and sending of the applicant's necessary documents for the personal interview at the Enrollment Center.
  • Preparing the applicant for the personal interview and for entry into the United States.
  • Notification of final approval to participate in the Global Entry Program.
  • Prepare the applicant for first entry into the United States with Global Entry membership.
  • Sending information about Global Entry Membership (validity period, etc.).
  • Transfer of the profile data of the personal Global Entry Account.

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Frequently asked questions about the Global Entry Program

How much does participation in the Global Entry Program cost?

Currently, the registration fee is 100 U.S. dollars per person. In Germany, the preliminary examination at the Federal Police is free of charge. Please check specific requirements in your home country.

Who needs a Global Entry membership?

Participation in the Global Entry Program is primarily worthwhile for persons who wish to enter the United States several times in the next five years for professional or private reasons.

Those who only want to enter the U.S. once for a holiday or business trip do not need a Global Entry membership.

What is a Global Entry kiosk?

A Global Entry kiosk is a vending machine that can carry out entry checks automatically. They are often confused with the passport control machines, which can be used by anyone. The functions of the Global Entry kiosk are much more extensive and only accessible to participants of the Global Entry Program.

Thanks to biometric facial recognition, the latest Global Entry kiosk models operate without contact. This enables even faster and more secure processing and is also advantageous from a hygiene point of view. However, these new kiosks have yet to be introduced across the country.

Here is a list of all U.S. airports equipped with Global Entry kiosks.

What happens to my Global Entry membership when the passport expires?

The entitlement to participate in the Global Entry Program remains valid even if the passport expires and a new passport must be issued. However, the new passport must be officially registered for the Global Entry Program so that the new passport number and validity dates can be noted.

If the participant's master data changes, such as last name after marriage, the participant must appear in person at a Global Entry Enrollment Center and present the new passport there.

Will I receive a Global Entry Card?

Only U.S. citizens, U.S. immigrants (green card holders) and Mexican citizens receive a Global Entry Card.

This card is not required for accelerated entry into the United States through Global Entry Kiosks.

Can children, spouses or companions accompany me through the Global Entry kiosk?

No, the membership is not transferable. Only registered Global Entry members can take advantage of the fast entry to the United States.


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