US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will open a Global Entry enrollment center located at the US Embassy in London for 60 days beginning on September 26, 2016.
Global Entry applicants can now register for an interview with a CBP officer at the London location on the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The enrollment center will be open from Monday to Wednesday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
CBP announced in December 2015 that UK citizens could apply for Global Entry following a successful pilot program that began in 2011. More than 8,800 UK citizens are currently enrolled in Global Entry.
Available at 49 US airports and 13 Preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers. Global Entry members bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the USA. The program has enrolled more than 3.1 million members, with approximately 100,000 new applications submitted for Global Entry each month.
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a £42 (US$55) processing fee. If the applicant passes the UK vetting process, they will receive a UK Access Code, which applicants will need to enter when applying for Global Entry through CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is US$100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with the applicant and then make a final eligibility determination.