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April/May 2012

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TRAVELER | STRATEGY Easy Pass The Immigration line joins the trend of self-checkout with the Global Entry program. By Paul Rubio Have you ever found yourself impa- tiently waiting in line at Immigration after a long international flight, desper- ate to be home? And then some random travelers whisk by, scan their passports at an empty self-service Global Entry kiosk, and in 60 seconds, they're gone. You might think they have special dip- lomatic status, but more likely they're just ordinary members of the public who have applied for Global Entry, the government's expedited immigration program for travelers. The easy-to-use and underutilized program for low-risk travelers is a jetsetter's dream, making international travel far more efficient, not to mention way more enjoyable. Online Application. Go to Global Entry's homepage, globalentry.gov, and start your online application by regis- tering with the Global Online Enroll- ment System. You'll get a GOES user ID and enter all the necessary personal information. Submit an application and pay the non-refundable $100 fee. Once your application is reviewed, you'll re- ceive a message in your GOES account to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, currently lo- cated at or near 20 major U.S. airports. Interview. A U.S. Customs and Bor- der Protection (CBP) officer conducts a short in-person interview, takes your photo, and scans your fingerprints. If your background check and interview identify you as a legal, low-security-risk traveler, you'll receive a Global Entry sticker on your passport or a Global En- try card valid for five years, allowing use of the self-service kiosks at Immigration in select U.S. airports. Benefits. Being part of the Global Entry network means no processing 58 oceanhomemag.com april + may 2012 lines, almost no wait times, and no pa- perwork at 20 major U.S. airports. Upon arrival, go directly to the Global Entry kiosk. Scan your passport, match your fingerprints, and smile for the camera. You'll fill out your Customs information electronically here, so don't bother with the blue form on board. The kiosk will print a receipt, which you'll flash to an Immigration officer, and then to Cus- toms after collecting your bags. Note that you'll still need to do the regular Immigration and Customs routine when arriving in a foreign country or any U.S. airport that's not part of the program. Synergies. Several airports with Global Entry kiosks also have desig- nated lines at Customs for faster serv- ice. For your departures, select airlines at seven of the Global Entry-approved airports that offer TSA's Pre-Check Ex- pedited Screening Pilot Program, with special screening lanes for approved Global Entry members. Finally, Ameri- can Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders are eligible for reimburse- ment of the $100 application fee when paying with their card. Illustration by gary taxali

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