Global Entry Interview: Understanding of the Application Process
The Global Entry application process involves a number of steps that applicants must be familiar with. Following this guide will ensure that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. This will also expedite the application process upon entering the United States. Take a look at the steps below for the JFK International Global Entry EC application.
Start With a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) Account
Set up an account with a Trusted Traveler Program (TTP). This is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirement as this serves as the portal where you can submit your Global Entry application. It is also the platform where you will manage your TTP membership.
Global Entry Application Through TTP Portal
Once your TTP account is set up, start the process of sending in your Global Entry online application. You need to provide accurate information to avoid delays and application rejection. Provide accurate information about your personal details, biographical data, as well as your employment and travel history. All these are needed for the background check.
Pay the $100 Application Fee
This is non-refundable and must be paid using your valid credit card through the TTP portal. This fee also covers the cost of processing the application including the background checks. This is already good for a 5-year Global Entry membership.
CBP Reviews Application (Conditional Approval)
The submitted application will then be reviewed by CBP. You have to wait for the outcome of said review. Once you are given the “conditional approval.” This means that the applicant has passed the initial screening. They will then be required for an in-person interview as the next step of the process. Applicants will receive a notification of the application progress through their TTP account.
Schedule an Interview
An in-person interview will follow at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Check for available schedules and set an appointment at your most convenient time. Schedule the interview in advance if you find available slots at your preferred Global Entry Enrollment Center.
Be Punctual for the Interview
On your interview schedule, dress formally and be punctual. Have all your documents ready and organized. During the interview, the CBP officer will ask about your personal information and background, travel history for the last five years, and may request to see the original copy of the documents you submitted. Biometric data and fingerprints may also be collected.
Wait For Final Approval
If you have provided all the necessary documents, completed the biometric data collection, and passed the interview, you will then have to wait for the final approval for Global Entry. Most often you will receive your final approval notification and the activation of your Global Entry through your TTP account.
It is crucial that you are up-to-date with the Global Entry application processes as this may be subject to changes. Always check the official CBP website. Also, the experience of others may differ from yours, including the timeline of interview schedules and approvals. Manage your expectations and make sure that you have everything they may need. This will help expedite your Global Entry application.