The Global Entry is a program provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Admittance into the program will allow low-risk travelers expedited clearance across many selected airports. If you’re interested in joining the program, you will first have to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

If you are a United States citizen or a U.S. lawful permanent resident, you have the opportunity to apply for the Global Entry program. The program is not only for the citizens of the United States, however. Citizens of the following countries can also apply for membership:

  • South Korea,
  • Argentina,
  • Colombia,
  • Germany,
  • United Kingdom,
  • Switzerland,
  • Singapore,
  • Panama,
  • Taiwan,
  • India, as well as
  • Mexican nationals

Eligible Canadians can seek benefits of the Global Entry program through the Nexus program. American travelers who are under the age of 18 will need to obtain parental consent in order to be able to apply into the program.

Disqualifying Factors

The Global Entry program allows travelers the opportunity to breeze through long airport lines without the need to go through much security. While the program can be very beneficial for a person who frequently travels, many applications are often rejected. The following situations can sometimes be a reason for a Global Entry program application denial: 

A criminal record – There are certain crimes that will automatically bar a person from being accepted into the program. Even when a criminal record has been expunged, many applicants can face an application rejection.

Incomplete application – Mistakes can happen in an application, however, given that applications cost $100, it is better to make sure that an application is submitted fully completed on the first submission.

False information – Making false statements in an application are grounds to an application denial. If you are unsure about a certain question, it is best to ask a qualified professional before submitting the document.

Current and open investigations – If you are currently being investigated by a federal agency, a local government department or a state department, it is likely that your application can be denied.

Understanding the basic factors for application denials can help you build a strong application the very first time you submit.

Applying for the Global Entry Program

Once you are finally ready to apply, you will need to create a Trusted Traveler Program account. Here, you will be able to fill out an application and you will also be able to pay the fee. After your application has been submitted, you could be conditionally approved for the program. The final stage in the application process involves scheduling an interview at a local enrollment center.

Obtain the Legal Support of a Qualified Attorney

The Global Entry program offers benefits that could be invaluable to frequent travelers. If you have been denied membership to the program, you can appeal the decision; speak to a qualified attorney who can help you through that process.

The attorneys at the Brett O’Brien Law, LLC have years of dedicated experience in helping those who have been denied access to Global Entry benefits. If your application has been denied or revoked, seek the legal skills of a professional attorney who can assist you.

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