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The Customs and Border Protection agency is making it easier for you to get approved for Global Entry. The agency has announced that more airports have been added to its “Enrollment on Arrival” service, which allows you to complete your Global Entry enrollment interview as part of the immigration process when arriving at the airport after an international trip.
When “Enrollment on Arrival” first launched in July, it was available as an option at five airports: Houston (IAH and HOU), Austin (AUS), San Francisco (SFO) and Vancouver (YVR). Now, a Reddit user received a letter from the CBP, indicating that the program was now available at several new airports. The “Enrollment on Arrival” option is now available at the following 16 airports:
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
The “Enrollment on Arrival” option is available only for those who have already submitted their online Global Entry application and have been conditionally approved for membership. Oftentimes the wait times for an interview slot can exceed weeks or even months. So, the “Enrollment on Arrival” option can help to expedite the process of being approved for Global Entry while simultaneously clearing customs from an international trip.
If you’re interested in taking advantage and are traveling through one of the aforementioned airports when returning from an international trip, you’ll want to follow signs in the airport for the “Enrollment on Arrival” lanes. A CBP agent will then complete your Global Entry interview during your admissibility inspection. No other documents are needed other than your “requisite documents for international travel,” for example, your passport. If your Global Entry membership is approved, your fingerprints will be collected and you’ll get membership for five years.
TPG highly recommends getting Global Entry for all travelers who venture outside of the US — even on a semi-regular basis. One of the most frustrating parts of being approved for a Global Entry membership, however, is waiting for an interview. This “Enrollment on Arrival” option takes the pain of waiting for an interview out of the equation by allowing you to do so right at the airport — now at more airports than before. Remember that you can get a fee credit for Global Entry (and therefore TSA PreCheck) through several credit cards. Cards that offer that credit include the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Platinum Card from American Express and more.