Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. You scan your passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.
To apply for Global Entry you need to fill out an online application first. After a thorough background check, assuming no issues come up, you will receive a letter instructing you to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Depending on location it might take several months for an available time slot. But you can get around that waiting time with “Enrollment on Arrival”.
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.
Enrollment on Arrival Locations
- 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)
When you land in the international terminal just follow the signage directing you to CBP officers who can complete your Global Entry interview during your admissibility inspection. You won’t need any additional documents other than the requisite documents for international travel (e.g., your passport). That will make the process much quicker.