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UCAR Travel Office is pleased to announce the Global Entry Program
If you are one of the millions of international travelers who do not like to wait in long lines at U.S. Customs when arriving at an airport in the United States after a long intercontinental flight, the Global Entry Program could be of interest to you.
Global Entry is a voluntary pilot program available to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Dutch citizens, and Mexican nationals that streamlines the international arrivals process for pre-approved travelers through the use of self-service kiosks located at 20 major U.S. airports. A brief description of the program by U.S. Customs and Broader Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin is contained in the following December 27, 2010 press release. Applications to Global Entry first must be submitted online. It costs $100 for a five-year membership, payable by the traveler and not reimbursable from UCAR, per UCAR’s Sponsored Membership Guidelines.
The on-line application can be completed in about 5 minutes. The applicant will receive conditional approval by email within 24 hours. Applicants must then complete an interview and fingerprint data collection in person at any of the 20 airport sites.
Once enrolled in the pilot program, Global Entry members may proceed directly to the kiosks in the international arrivals area upon arrival in the U.S. At the kiosk, members insert their passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to Customs and Border Protection officers before leaving the inspection area.