Customs and Border Protection to Expand Global Entry for UK Citizens
In December 2015 the United States Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will expand the Global Entry program for citizens of the United Kingdom. The Global Entry program allows for expedited clearance through immigration and customs of qualifying pre-approved travelers when entering the U.S. While the program is currently available to U.K. citizens who are U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, the program’s expansion will extend eligibility to U.K. citizens traveling to the U.S. as visitors or with certain nonimmigrant visas. With this program and the recently announced U.K. Border Force Registered Traveler program (U.K. reciprocal system for U.S. citizens), there will be enhanced security and ease of travel between the U.S. and U.K.
How to Apply for Global Entry Membership
U.K. Citizens can register for membership in the Global Entry Program commencing December 3, 2015. They must apply through the U.K. Home Office and pay a processing fee of £42 to cover background checks by the Border Force staff. Upon approval of these checks, the Home Office will issue applicants a unique access code for completion of their application through the U.S. CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) where they will need to pay a $100 non-refundable fee for a five-year Global Entry membership. Further background checks will then be conducted by CBP and, if approved, the applicant will be asked to attend an interview with a CBP officer at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers in the U.S.
How to Use Global Entry
Global Entry members will be able to use airport automated kiosks upon arrival in the U.S. to go through customs and immigration inspection, rather than standing in long inspection lines. Members scan their passports, register their fingerprints, are photographed, and complete an onscreen customs declaration. Upon clearance of the automated inspection, a receipt will be issued and will direct the member to baggage claim. If clearance is not successful, the member will be directed to a CBP officer. Nonimmigrants receive an I-94 arrival record from the kiosk.
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