U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kicked off its Global Entry Pilot program on June 6, 2008 at New York’s J.F.K. International Airport, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport , and Washington Dulles Airport. The program has now expanded to include Atlanta’s Hartsfield, Chicago’s O’Hare International, Miami International, and LAX airports.
The Global Entry Pilot program expedites the screening and processing of low-risk, frequent international travelers entering the United States. Global Entry travelers bypass the passport control line and are directed to one of several Global Entry kiosks where they scan their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, provide biometric data (fingerprints and photograph) and answer a few questions electronically. Once the process is complete, the kiosk provides a transaction receipt that the traveler presents to a CBP officer when leaving the inspection area.
Global Entry is available to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have not been found guilty of a criminal offense, charged with customs or immigration offense, or declared inadmissible to the U.S. under immigration law and regulations. Eligible applicants are able to apply on-line at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/. The cost is $100 (USD).