Friday, September 4, 2009
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the expansion of the Global Entry international trusted-traveler pilot program to 13 additional airports across the United States, as follows:
Global Entry expedites the customs and security process for trusted air travelers while helping the DHS ensure the safety of all airline passengers,” said Secretary Janet Napolitano. “Expanding this vital program allows us to improve customer service at airports and concentrate our resources on higher-risk travelers.”
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pilot program that streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification. It offers participants expedited clearance and entry into the U.S. at any of the designated airport locations by using automated kiosks located in the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) area of each airport. Fingerprint biometrics technology is used to verify the person’s identity and confirm his or her status as a Global Entry participant.
Global Entry allows pre-approved members an alternative to regular passport processing lines. At the kiosk, Global Entry 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 kioskвЂ™s touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to CBP officers before leaving the inspection area.
The program is now open to citizens and nationals of the United States and lawful permanent residents of the United States. Citizens of the Netherlands may also apply under a special reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry with the Privium program in Amsterdam
The starting date for each airport location is available on the CBP Web site at http://www.globalentry.gov.
Nothing in this article should be taken as legal advice for an individual case or situation. The information is intended to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For legal advice, consult an attorney experienced in immigration law.