Have you wanted to apply for Global Entry but have been afraid of the long interview times? Fear not because U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making it easier to apply by expanding its list of airports where you can set up an interview on arrival.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry is CBP’s trusted traveler program that allows you to expedite customs processing upon arrival in the United States or Canada from an international location. Once approved for the program, you go to a kiosk at one of the participating airports, verify fingerprints and move on to a designated (usually short) line for the next immigration officer.
How to Enroll
After filling out an online application and being conditionally approved, you can schedule an interview in advance at a Global Entry Enrollment Center in your area. The problem with this method is that wait times can be rather long, up to six months sometimes.
The other method is by interviewing at an airport in the U.S. or Canada when returning from an international trip. Previously, the list of participating airports was short and included just five locations. However, CBP just added 11 more airports to the list. You can now interview at one of the following airports.
- Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
- Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
- San Jose International Airport (SJC)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
- William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
How to Enroll on Arrival
Once you land at one of these airports’ international terminal, follow directions to a Global Entry office where you can complete an interview with one of the CBP officers. There’s no need to schedule an appointment. However, keep in mind that you still might have to wait before an officer can get to you, so make sure to have enough time in between your flights if you’re connecting to another destination. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for months.
Will you take advantage of enrolling in Global Entry on arrival?