Can Non-Citizens Qualify for the Global Entry Program?


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As of 2015, noncitizens may qualify for the Global Entry Program. The program is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, South Korean citizens, German citizens, Panamanian citizens and Mexican nationals. Canadian residents and citizens may also be eligible if they are members of the Nexus program.

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The Global Entry Program allows expedited clearance for enrolled travelers arriving in the United States. Applicants for the Global Entry Program must have a machine-readable passport or a permanent resident card. If an applicant is under the age of 18, he must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian. Applicants must submit to a thorough background check and interview before being accepted into the program.

Submitting a falsified or incomplete application disqualifies applicants from the Global Entry Program. Applicants must not have been convicted of any criminal offenses, have criminal charges pending against them, or have open warrants for their arrest. Applicants must not be subject to any open criminal investigations being conducted by any level of law enforcement, and they must not have violated any customs, immigration or regulation laws of any country. Applicants must also be classified by the U.S Customs and Border protection as a low-risk traveler.

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