Indians are now officially part of the Global Entry system offered by the US Customs and Border Protection at 53 US airports - a swifter path out of US port of entry for "low risk" travellers. India is the 11th country whose citizens are eligible to enroll in global entry. With Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna’s picture on its landing page, the US Customs and Border Protection has opened up the application process for Indians via the Global Online Enrollment System. Sarna became the first Indian to enroll.
Responding to a query from Firstpost, CBP laid out the initial steps : “To apply you will need to register an account, complete and submit an on-line application through GOES and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee.” Before the final enrollment, there’s a thorough background check and an interview requirement to be completed.
Instructions on process are now online here.
This announcement comes exactly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump met in Washington DC. The global entry program found mention in the last paragraph of the Indo-US joint statement on June 26 - “Applauding the entrepreneurship and innovation of Indians and Indian-Americans that have directly benefited both nations, President Trump welcomed India’s formal entry into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative (Global Entry program) in order to facilitate closer business and educational ties between the citizens of India and the United States.”
The current flock of about 4 million global entry members use an automated kiosks rather than traditional lines to legally enter the US.
“By expanding Global Entry eligibility, CBP is transforming the international arrivals process, making it more secure, efficient and welcoming, for the millions of Indian citizens who visit the United States each year”, a CBP statement said.
Who’s eligible to apply?
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.
Other countries which have access to Global Entry
Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
“The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the applicant successfully passes a background check, a CBP officer will conduct an interview with the applicant at one of the more than 100 Global Entry Enrollment Centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, and Qatar and then make a final eligibility determination.”
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Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 20:58 PM