Typically, clearance through the Global Entry program takes less than a third of the time of non-Global Entry clearance, reports the New York Times. The Global Entry program cuts the time by an average of 70 percent.
The Global Entry program enables faster clearance for pre-approved travelers through certain airports, based on specific eligibility criteria, explains U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The program is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, citizens of Germany and Panama, Mexican nationals, Dutch citizens who are members of Privium, and South Korean citizens who are members of Smart Entry Service. Canadian members of the NEXUS program also have access to Global Entry benefits.
Program members are approved based on an in-person interview and a background check. Among the factors disqualifying an individual from applying to Global Entry are having a criminal conviction or criminal charges, violating any country’s customs or immigration regulations, being the subject of an ongoing investigation by any U.S. law enforcement entity, and not being able to enter the United States under current immigration regulations. To clear customs with Global Entry, members present their U.S. permanent resident card or passport at a Global Entry kiosk and, as long as their membership is valid, may proceed to baggage claim.