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Interview for Global Entry When You're Already Traveling
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Interview for Global Entry When You're Already Traveling

Kristin Wong, Gawker Media

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Global Entry is a traveler's dream, but depending on the demand in your city, applying for it can take some time. To speed up the process, try Enrollment on Arrival if you're already traveling.

When you sign up for Global Entry, you fill out an application online and (hopefully) get preliminarily accepted. From there, though, you have to schedule an in-person interview to complete the application process, and this typically means driving out to your nearest airport. With Enrollment on Arrival, you also have the option of completing the interview next time you're passing through a participating airport without having to even schedule an interview.

After signing up for a nearly four-month-long wait for my own Global Entry application, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sent me an email:

With Enrollment on Arrival, Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved can complete their interviews, the last step of the Global Entry process, while they are clearing through United States Customs and Border Protection or Preclearance. This option is now available at:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

From the participating airport ( listed here ), you just follow "the signage directing you to CBP officers who can complete your Global Entry interview during your admissibility inspection," The CBP website says. You'll only need the required documents for international travel (like a passport), which you should already have if you're traveling anyway. For more detail on the program, check out the CBP website here.

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