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NBAA2014 to Offer Interviews for Global Entry Program
Aug. 20, 2014
International business travelers seeking simplified entry into the United States will once again have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, FL. Candidates who apply and receive conditional approval to participate in the Global Entry program will be able to interview on-site during the convention, which will be held Oct. 21 to 23.
Global Entry offers expedited clearance processing into the United States for pre-approved, low-risk travelers using automated kiosks available at 34 U.S. airports, eight pre-clearance airports in Canada and two pre-clearance sites in Ireland.
Approved individuals arriving at Global Entry airports may present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card at an automated kiosk for customs processing. Upon further verification of the traveler’s identity and completion of a customs declaration, the kiosk issues a transaction receipt, allowing the traveler to exit the airport’s customs processing center.
U.S. citizens approved under Global Entry are also eligible to participate in the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA’s) PreCheck initiative, which offers expedited screening at TSA checkpoints at many U.S. commercial airports. Although Global Entry is intended to smooth the customs-clearance process, participants, like all other international travelers, may be subject to additional, random screening when entering the United States.
Those interested in scheduling an interview with CBP officials at NBAA2014 must first apply through the Global Entry website no later than Oct. 7. First-time users will be required to create an account with the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES), and a $100 non-refundable processing fee is due when submitting the online application. Visit the CBP’s Global Entry website to learn more about the program and apply for enrollment.
Once pre-approved, applicants will be notified through GOES that they are “conditionally approved” for Global Entry and may request an interview. NBAA2014 attendees should select the “NBAA 2014” location to schedule their interview during the convention.
Interview slots at convention are expected to fill up quickly, so those interested are encouraged to apply early and schedule the on-site interview as soon as possible. While specific interview times for NBAA2014 have not been finalized, CBP plans to conduct up to 200 interviews at the convention.
NBAA2014 attendees applying for the Global Entry Program may also apply for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Program. The ABTC allows business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies. Card holders also benefit from faster immigration processing on arrival via access to fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports in participating economies.
APEC member economies fully participating in the scheme include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Legislation authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to issue U.S. APEC Business Travel Cards only through Sept. 30, 2018, unless the legislation is amended to extend the date.