In addition to citizens or permanent residents of the United States, citizens of Colombia, Singapore and Switzerland may now apply for Global Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) “trusted traveler” program that provides expedited entry through U.S. immigration inspection via automatic kiosks at select airports. All Global Entry applicants submit to a comprehensive background check as well as an in-person interview before being accepted into the program. Use of Global Entry has great benefits for employers and their employees, as it allows users to enter the United States at most airports by skipping the long lines for non-U.S. visitors.
Colombia, Singapore and Switzerland join India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, South Korea, and Mexico as countries that have arrangements with CBP regarding international trusted traveler programs, allowing their citizens to apply for Global Entry. Canadian citizens who are members of the Canadian trusted traveler program, NEXUS, are also eligible for Global Entry.
Global Entry members who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. permanent residents are reminded to provide updated visa information to CBP. If the visa information in the Global Entry account is incorrect, the Global Entry kiosk may admit the traveler in the wrong visa classification and/or incorrectly calculate the traveler’s I-94 expiration. To add or update visa information to their Global Entry account, travelers must visit a Global Entry enrollment center in person; visa updates cannot be completed online.