Having trouble getting a Global Entry interview slot before your next international trip? For passengers arriving at four US border checkpoints that interview is now possible while clearing inbound immigration; no appointment required. The new program named “Enrollment on Arrival” is now live at five airports:
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Applicants must still apply for the program and pay the fee for such (insert link here for various CCs that would reimburse that fee) in advance of travel. In some cases the pre-approval is quick; in others it takes a bit of time. And the application volume continues to increase according to US CBP, part of the reason the organization is altering the process to handle more travelers without the strict interview process. Additional airports are expected to be added to the program in 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 in a statement. “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.”
Travelers using the Enrollment on Arrival program will be interviewed by an officer for entry to the USA and also for Global Entry approval in the same transaction. Once admitted that traveler will also be a Global Entry Member.
This is especially useful for the many foreign nationals now able to join the program. Travelers from Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are all eligible for Global Entry enrollment. Trying to time an interview slot with a trip to the USA could be incredibly frustrating for these visitors.
The interview process always seemed rather silly to me anyways. It mostly involved sitting in a lobby watching a video on loop about how to use the kiosk, followed by submitting fingerprints. Maybe there was some additional validation/verification/screening involved but it didn’t seem that way to me. Getting to include that as part of the arrival process allows CBP to improve passenger flow through immigration in general – theoretically one fewer agent dedicated to work away from the main entry area – and for GE applicants as they can skip the pain of scheduling an interview and the extra trip to the airport associated with such.
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