United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) can now take advantage of streamlined entry processes at 20 U.S. airports under the Global Entry initiative. Global Entry applicants must first enroll at any of the 20 locations by completing an interview and biometric data collection. Upon approval, Global Entry participants can use kiosks at any of the 20 airports to complete U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection upon returning to the United States from international travel. Global Entry users are typically processed in under five minutes. Under a reciprocal arrangement that links the U.S. program with the Privium program in Amsterdam, citizens of the Netherlands can also apply to participate in Global Entry.
For a list of participating airports and more information on the program, visit the Global Entry website.
Note: This article was published in the August 2009 issue of the Immigration eAuthority.