Tue, Dec 28, 2010
The CBP has announced that the Global Entry trusted traveler
pilot program has reached the 100,000 member milestone.
Global Entry is a voluntary pilot program that streamlines the
international arrivals process for pre-approved travelers through
use of self service kiosks located at 20 major U.S. airports. The
pilot program is an alternative to regular passport processing
lines and currently reduces average wait times by 70 percent. To
date, Global Entry members have used the kiosks more than 600,000
"Global Entry is an excellent example of our efforts to securely
facilitate international travel by expediting trusted travelers,"
said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin. "We set a milestone to reach
100,000 members before the end of the year, and I'm very proud that
we have reached that goal and increased the program's membership by
approximately 300 percent over the last year."
Global Entry is available to U.S. citizens and U.S lawful
permanent residents who are able to pass an intensive background
check. Citizens of the Netherlands may also apply under a special
reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry with the Privium
program in Amsterdam.
Applications to Global Entry must first be submitted online. A
fee of $100 is also collected via the website for a five year
membership. Applicants must then complete an interview and
fingerprint data collection in person at any of the 20 airport
Once enrolled in the pilot program, Global Entry members may
proceed directly to the kiosks in the international arrivals area
upon arrival in the U.S. At the kiosk, members insert their
passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader,
provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on
file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk's
touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to CBP
officers before leaving the inspection area.
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