Get your Global Entry Faster!

Government documents can often be frustrating to obtain; making changes can be even more challenging.

As we gear up for our international travel this year, Global Entry is at the top of the list to get completed. This document allows a U.S. Citizen to enter back in the United States with a little less hassle and a lot less worry.

Here are 3 steps to making the application process a bit easier to navigate

1. Create an account

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You will need to create an account with  the TTP (Trusted Travel Program), this also includes other global entry outlets such as Nexus, Sentri and FAST (Mexico and Canada).

Access the TTP page to start the process click here

As you create your account, you will need to claim your U.S. Citizenship. You will also be given a specified code, do not lose this code as you will no longer have access to your account. An email will be sent to you to finish the account and move you along to the application process.

You email link will take you back to the TTP page where you will need your code (mentioned above). {If you chose to have your cell phone as the method of contact for your security code. Have it handy everytime you log into the TTP site} Select which application you are applying for: Global Entry ($100), Nexus ($50) or Sentri ($122.25).

The application process can take as little as 20 minutes.

Here is what you will need to complete it quickly:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Driver’s License
  • Vehicle registration (if you plan to drive across the boarder to Mexico)
  • Address and Phone number of your past 3 jobs
  • Current address & past 2 addresses (in last 5 years)
  • documentation or citations for any legal or criminal activity over the past 5-7 years

You can save your work at any time and pick up again later if needed.

Before moving to the next step, each page will ask you to verify all answers. When you reach the end of the application, you will again verify all answers are completed and accurate.

2. Schedule an interview

An email will be sent letting you know that the status of your application has changed. At this time you may log back into you TTP account and select “Schedule Interview.” It will appear as a button on the left hand side under your account info.

Select your state and location for your interview; then select a date and time. A summary will appear of your scheduled interview. To access the address of the location, go back to your account and you will then see your ” view interview confirmation” button. You may change it at any time.

3. Interview!

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*be prepared for any hiccups along the way- we had to reschedule our interview due to the government shut down!

No matter where you select to have your interview, arrive early…

In some cases, they may be behind schedule or even ahead of schedule. Plan to be at your interview location for at least an hour and a half. You will be called by name for your interview.

Have all your documents ready or easily accessible to move the process along quickly! {My interview took less than 5 Minutes}

What questions were asked during the interview?

First question may vary depending on your documents, foreign background and plans of travel:  I was asked to verify my full name, address, and place of birth.

Other questions can derive from your application for verification or to find any variances:  I was asked about previous travel and if I had ever been arrested.

After a few questions, the officer had me take a photo and scanned my finger prints. He then debreifed me on the program and how it works, as well any issues that may arise and how it can effect having a Global Entry pass.

  1. Re-entry will be handled via computer and you may be subject to random checks (at any time)
  2. If you do not follow guidelines or do not claim items properly, you may be subject to  revocation of your Global Entry.
  3. A small booklet about the program is also given at the end of the interview

The last piece left… receiving approval and Global Entry card in the mail. This portion can take up to 10 days.

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If you plan of obtaining a Global Entry pass and have questions, please feel free to ask questions. I found the process to be pretty simple and fairly quick considering the small set backs.

As usual, Safe Travels!

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