Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces the launch of a new CBP program at San Francisco International Airport aimed at expediting the Global Entry Enrollment process. Enrollment on Arrival allows conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview, the final step of the Global Entry enrollment process, while clearing CBP processing following international travel. The program will shorten enrollment wait times for travelers at some of the busiest enrollment areas and will expand to additional airports in the coming months.
“Global Entry continues to be one of CBP’s most successful and popular programs with application volume steadily increasing over the past several years,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With Enrollment on Arrival, we are adapting and innovating our process to meet the program’s demands by providing flexibility and additional options for travelers who need to complete their Global Entry interview.”
The program also launched at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
“The launch of Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival at SFO allows us to better serve the travelling public and those travelers looking to join the ranks of Trusted Traveler as we continue our important mission of protecting our nation’s borders,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Francisco.
“SFO is a major gateway into the U.S., and our goal is to offer guests a variety of time-saving options when they arrive,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “We already feature Automated Passport Control kiosks, the Mobile Passport Control mobile app, and improved signage and queuing in the Customs facility. The Global Entry program lets travelers speed through the customs process, and we are proud to offer travelers the opportunity to complete the enrollment process upon arrival at SFO.”
Once a traveler is conditionally-approved, instead of scheduling an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, the traveler can complete the enrollment interview during CBP primary inspection at a participating airport. Upon arrival, travelers will be directed to a primary booth designated specifically for Enrollment on Arrival. A CBP officer will conduct both the primary processing and Global Entry interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. The traveler will then be cleared for entry into the United States and will be a Global Entry member.
Currently available at 53 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the international arrivals process at airports for trusted travelers. The more than 4 million Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks. Interested travelers apply through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the applicant successfully passes a background check, a CBP officer will conduct an interview with the applicant at one of the more than 100 Global Entry Enrollment Centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, and Qatar, or at an Enrollment on Arrival location and then make a final eligibility determination.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.
Visit CBP’s Global Entry website for more information on the Global Entry Program.