Applying for Global Entry: 5 Tips to Get Approved

If you’re a frequent traveller, one of the best things you can do is apply for Global Entry. This program allows expedited Entry into the United States and expedited re-entry after foreign travel.

It’s beneficial if your passport contains stamps that state you’ve travelled to countries of concern (such as Iraq or Syria).

Still, it’s also generally helpful if you’re looking to save time while re-entering the U.S. The application process can seem lengthy and invasive, deterring some people from applying.

So what I’m going to do here is walk you through some tips that will make applying for Global Entry less intimidating and more successful:

Make sure you’re eligible.

To be eligible for Global Entry, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid passport
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have lived in the U.S. for at least five years (your spouse may be included if eligible)
  • Have not been convicted of any international crimes or other acts that would make you ineligible to enter or deportable from the United States

Fill out your application.

To get approved, you’ll need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. This is critical because Global Entry allows international travel—and if your passport expires ahead of time, it could pose problems when you’re trying to come back into the country.
  • A copy of your birth certificate, driver’s license, or state identification card. At this point, it’s pretty easy for most people in America to get access to all three types of I.D.; but if either one is out of date or hard for you to get ahold of (for example, if they lost their birth certificate), they may ask why before denying them Global Entry membership (or worse).
  • The best thing would be if they could provide proof that they aren’t an illegal immigrant or undocumented worker who has somehow managed to get fake documents—but this is unlikely since most people tend not to bother with things like that unless they have something specific going on at work requiring them to do so.
  • If applicable: proof that both partners are married (i.e., marriage certificate)

Schedule a visit to an enrollment centre.

To apply for the Global Entry program, you’ll need to schedule a visit to an enrollment centre.

These centres are located in the United States and are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Time (E.T.).

You can find the centre closest to you by visiting the Customs and Border Protection website and entering your zip code or city name in the search bar at the top.

After scheduling an appointment at one of these locations, arrive on time!

If you’re late for work, CBP will not be able to adjudicate your application that day—and if you miss two appointments without rescheduling or cancelling them beforehand (by calling at least 24 hours ahead), CBP may cancel your application altogether and must another fee before reapplying again later on down the line.”

Interview with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

Suppose you’re selected for an interview with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), who administer Global Entry.

In that case, you’ll need to bring your passport, proof of citizenship, and residency in the United States.

It’s also a good idea to bring along any other documents that might help agents establish that you are who you say you are.

Also, to these items, expect to answer some questions about your background and travel history during the interview process.

You may also be asked to show your fingerprints, so it’s a good idea to wear short sleeves or leave those cuffs unbuttoned if possible—and don’t forget about bringing along valid identification!

Wait for approval.
  • Wait for approval. It takes about two weeks for Global Entry to process your application. If you haven’t received an email from them within that time, it’s best to assume that their records show no errors and approve the application.
  • What happens if I’m denied? If your application is rejected, you’ll receive a letter explaining why with instructions on how to appeal.
  • You will also receive feedback on how the process could be improved in the future, so this doesn’t happen again (this is very helpful!)
The application process for Global Entry can seem long, but it’s worth it if you travel frequently.

Global Entry is a program that allows pre-approved, low-risk travellers expedited Entry into the United States.

This means instead of taking off your belt and shoes, pulling out your laptop and all other electronics for inspection, and waiting in line for customs at an airport, you can pass through security without having to do any of those things.

Once you’ve been approved for Global Entry (which takes about 90 days), you’ll have to be fingerprinted every time you enter the U.S. by land or sea—but no more paperwork will be required to re-enter the country.

Your biometrics are stored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so they can scan them when they see you coming back into the country; this lets them know right away whether it’s safe for them to let you through (if they weren’t able to recognize your fingerprints).

This saves time at border crossings because there won’t be any questions asked: keep walking until someone tells you when it’s okay for them to take down their barricade so everyone else can move through too!

The Last Word

And, as a bonus tip (since we promised you five), don’t forget to have fun when you travel. After all, that’s the reason for applying for Global Entry first.

Even if there are some bumps along the way, your life will be easier once you get approved and can go through security lines more.

You’ll also have access to TSA PreCheck at domestic airports, so you can leave your shoes on when passing through security checkpoints!

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