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Although they say "The process may take 4-6 weeks", when I did it, it only took a couple of weeks after submitting my application. At that point I had to make an appointment to go down to the airport for an interview. I was able to find an appointment date easily. The process at the airport took about half an hour and then I was good to go right away.


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Checked with a few colleagues that have been through the interview... The interview is done by CBP (Customs and Border Patrol). The questions seem to vary, but mainly cover your travel patterns, countries you've been to, employment/employer, etc. Total time for the interview was around 15-20min, including watching a short video, and a sample of how to use ...


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This came up on Flyertalk and this helpful answer was provided: At your interview, they will give you the chance to update or amend any application information before your fingerprints are submitted for final program approval. So don't worry. (Also, it is very likely they'd be much more interested in a Syria or a North Korea visit than Germany ...


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The programs are designed for different purposes, function differently internally, and thus have different costs. For instance, SENTRI was designed specifically for use at the Mexican land border, and most people who have a SENTRI card are U.S. or Mexican citizens who cross this border frequently. On the other hand, Global Entry is only really useful at ...


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I'm a NEXUS member, and it is indeed the case that NEXUS is the best of these. It gets you TSA-Pre, it includes all the benefits of Global Entry when entering the US, both the NEXUS lanes at land border crossings from Canada and the Global Entry machines in US airports (it doesn't matter where you are coming from), and it provides similar benefits when ...


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While the benefits are similar, they are different. Global Entry is limited to US citizens & permanent residents and citizens of 5 or 6 other countries. SENTRI is available to any citizen of any country as long as they are admissable to the US. Global Entry requires passport to apply, SENTRI does not. One might guess that the expanded coverage of ...


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I was on a student visa (F1) when I got GlobalEntry, and I asked what happens when I move back and use ESTA. The CBP person told me that both ESTA and GlobalEntry are both CBP programs, so they share information CBP will know about my new ESTA, and I don't need to do anything for GlobalEntry. Considering this, I think it's safe to assume they would know ...


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I did mine about a year ago -- I'm an Indian-American US citizen and was just starting grad school at the time. I had over the summer before the interview visited a bunch of countries in Asia. The interview was fairly straightforward, but they did ask me about every country I had visited (what cities did I visit, what were the dates, why did I go, who did I ...


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My application was approved in what seems to be the standard time, about two weeks. The next step is to schedule an interview and from what I read on blogs this is what takes most time. Indeed so: I live in Phoenix and next available interview was two months ahead. Looking for alternatives I noticed that there was a selection, called SEMA October 2012 ...


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My approval was very fast. I did the application on a Tuesday and in 6 days I got my pre-approved letter. But I have a cousin that has been waiting for the approval/denial answer for more than 4 months. So basically there is not an exact waiting time.


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Your GE application has only been pre-screened, you are not approved for the Global Entry Program until after the interview has taken place. Normally you get your card by mail and then have to activate the card before everything is 100% ready. I didn't ask if I could get the number earlier, simply went through the interview process. You might try calling ...


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The train stops at the Niagara Falls NY train station, and everyone is inspected there. Your NEXUS card works as a passport card so you don't need to carry your passport, but it won't save any time.


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I made a (maybe) more serious omission on my NEXUS application, in that I'm legally a Mexican resident with a nominal second residential address there but I failed to include that address in the 5 year list. At the interview the CBP officer asked about residence in other countries (I don't know whether that's a standard question or he knew something) and, ...


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As Tom points out, your Global Entry application is only completed after the interview. The Conditional Approval notice is only enough to schedule an interview, not to use GE. At the end of the interview, the CBP officer will tell you if your application was successful or not. If it wasn't, they may say they need to check further things (I've read about one ...


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I have had TSA-Pre for a couple of years now thanks to my airline status. It has been a nice benefit, as it makes security a bit less burdensome, faster at big airports, less hassle at smaller airports. I had INSPASS when it was in operation and while it sped up time through immigration, I still had to wait for my baggage, so the end result was still the ...


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On the back, top left of your card it says (in very small letters) PASSID/Numero d'identification. Directly under that is a 9 digit number. That's your Trusted Traveler number. It's also on the several letters you received when you first applied.


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From http://www.cbp.gov/global-entry/faqs : Where do I find my Trusted Traveler membership number? Find your Trusted Traveler's membership number by logging into your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. The membership number is listed toward the top of the page. The membership number, also known as your PASS ID, is also on the back of Trusted ...


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I had someone coming from Seattle to Vancouver to check out the station carefully and there is no sight of GE or NEXUS machines.


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As said in the comments, the person you were talking to was probably confused. Chances are that you would never have the same problem again, but this should help if you did; Have a print off of the relevant documents Try and explain the situation of how you gained the Global Entry Ask to speak to someone in senior position - without trying to cause ...


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As of December 2015, UK citizens who aren't US permanent residents are now allowed to apply for Global Entry, joining the list of about half a dozen allowed countries. I think the interviews may be slightly different depending on if you're a US citizen or Permanent Resident vs not, but I'm not certain. When you get the conditional approval letter through, ...



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