Global Mobility Issues: Tips for Avoiding Delays at Ports of Entry

Apr 13, 2021 | Consular Services & Travel

Corporate executives who travel internationally and return to the United States frequently may want to qualify for a “Trusted Traveler” program like Global Entry. It is advisable to avoid pitfalls that would hamper the ability to come and go easily. As we inch toward the days when international travel will open up once again, considering your options and ways to eliminate obstacles in advance will go a long way toward ensuring a smooth and speedy process at ports of entry.

What is Global Entry?

Global Entry allows travelers to speed processing upon arrival at participating U.S. airports and includes TSA PreCheck. Global Entry allows entry into the United States from international destinations by air, land, and sea. U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and select foreign nationals may be eligible.

To apply, create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account, then log in and complete the Global Entry application. Conditionally approved Global Entry applicants must complete an in-person interview and present identification at either a Trusted Traveler enrollment center in the United States or an Enrollment on Arrival location. Biometric and background checks will be performed. The fee is $100. Membership lasts for five years.

United Kingdom (UK) citizens are eligible for Global Entry but must apply first with the UK Home Office through Gov.UK and pay a £42 processing fee. If successful, a UK applicant will receive a “UK Access Code” to enter when applying for Global Entry.

If your membership in Global Entry or another TTP is denied or revoked, you can provide additional documentation to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Ombudsman to request reconsideration. You can submit your request through your TTP account.

What are some reasons for Global Entry denials or revocations?

According to reports, full disclosure on the Global Entry application is recommended. Lesser convictions may in some cases not be disqualifying if they’re more than 10 years old, but some issues may be permanently disqualifying. A non-exhaustive list of no-no’s includes:

  • Providing incomplete or false information on the application
  • Criminal convictions or outstanding warrants
  • Being the subject of an investigation by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency
  • Recent convictions including DUI
  • Derogatory flagging by another country’s government
  • Breaking program or immigration rules

Even seemingly minor issues can sometimes be disqualifying, such as attempting to sneak liquor or fruit into the United States without declaring it, or bringing family members into the Global Entry queue who are ineligible.

Also recommended is being cooperative and polite with officials upon entry, as there seems to be some discretion. In general, you must satisfy CBP of your low-risk status.

What is Mobile Passport?

Another option to consider is Mobile Passport, which Time named its #1 app out of 25 apps in 2017. Downloading the app and answering a few questions on your way back to the United States allows you to enter through 29 U.S. international airports and 4 seaports via a dedicated Mobile Passport lane that’s often much shorter than the regular inspection line, according to reports.

Contact your WR attorney for advice and help in specific situations.

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