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What is Global Entry? Can I apply for a Global Entry?

By December 26, 2020April 30th, 2021Immigration
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Global Entry is one of the Trusted Travel Programs – these programs allow pre-screened travelers to use expedited lanes when coming to the U.S. If you are part of the Global Entry program, you can use the Global Entry kiosks when entering the U.S. Please see the list of airports that have the Global Entry kiosks when you click here.

Who can apply for Global Entry?

Many of our clients don’t realize that foreign nationals can participate in the Global Entry program. In addition to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, citizens of the following countries can participate in the Global Entry program:


  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • UK

Please note that foreign nationals who are part of the Global Entry program (unless they are green card holders) must notify the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers when they are issued a new visa or when they obtain a new work visa petition. For example, if your Global Entry application was approved at the time you had a B-1 business visitor visa but you now also have an E-2 investor visa, you would have to notify the CBP office.

Please also note that there may be some additional requirements you must meet if you are a foreign national without a U.S. green card. For example, if you are a national of Germany applying for a Global Entry, you will first have to be cleared by the German Federal Police. Only after you are cleared by the German Federal Police will you be able to start the Global Entry application process.

If you are a national of Canada, you cannot participate in the Global Entry program, but you can participate in the NEXUS program.

What is the application fee?

The fee for the Global Entry card is $100.

How do I apply for Global Entry?

In general, you will have to fill in and submit the Global Entry application. The CBP office will then review the application and, if they conditionally approve your application, they will schedule an in-person interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers. For more detailed information on the application process, visit the CBP’s Global Entry website here.

A Global Entry card will be only issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. green card holders, and Mexican nationals.

Your Global Entry application may be denied if:


  1. You are inadmissible under the U.S. immigration law (for example, if you committed certain crimes),
  2. You have any criminal conviction,
  3. You have pending criminal charges, or
  4. You violated customs or immigration law in any country.

Please also note that your Global Entry application can also be denied if you provide any false or incomplete information on your Global Entry application.

Additionally, if you cannot satisfy that you are of a low risk (for any reason) to the CBP, your application can also be denied.

Please click here to read our blog post on How to maintain a Green Card.

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