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DHS suspends New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry, other Trusted Traveler Programs

Feb. 06, 2020
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DHS suspends New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry, other Trusted Traveler Programs
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On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was immediately barring New York state residents from enrolling in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs because of the state's new "Green Light Law", which protects undocumented immigrants. Effective immediately, New Yorkers wishing to enroll in Global Entry, as well as those wishing to re-enroll will no longer be able to. Existing members will be able to continue to use the Global Entry service.

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The DHS is forbidding New Yorkers from enrolling or re-enrolling in Trusted Travel Programs, including the popular Global Entry program, a favorite frequent international travelers. The new restrictions do not apply to New York residents who are currently members of the Global Entry program.

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"Today, we sent a letter to New York indicating, because they took these measures, that New York residents are no longer eligible to enroll in these Trusted Traveler Programs," acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in a Fox News interview on Wednesday.

Aside from Global Entry, also included in the list of programs no longer eligible for new New York members include Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), a similar program to Global Entry that allows qualified travelers expedited re-entry into the U.S.after Canada and Mexico travel; NEXUS, which allows for expedited border crossing between the U.S. and Canada; and the Free And Secure Trade (FAST) program, which allows commercial shipments between the U.S. border and Canada and Mexico to clear faster.

Notably missing in the list of now-restricted programs is the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, a popular option for frequent travelers that offers expedited security screening at U.S. airports with participating airlines. It's worth noting that a Global Entry membership also comes with a membership to the PreCheck program.

New York's Green Light Law, the legislation in question, went into effect on Dec. 14. It allows undocumented immigrants to apply for New York state driver's licenses while protecting applicants' personal information from immigration agencies. The law protects the Department of Motor Vehicle's database from being accessed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Customs and Border Protection without a court order.

"Although DHS would prefer to continue our long-standing cooperative relationship with New York on a variety of these critical homeland security initiatives, this Act and the corresponding lack of security cooperation from the New York DMV requires DHS to take immediate action to ensure DHS's efforts to protect the Homeland are not compromised," the letter read.

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Because the new restrictions only apply to those new enrollees or existing members who are re-enrolling, if you're a current member of Global Entry, you'll continue to be able to utilize the service upon re-entering the U.S. from abroad. New York state residents who are due to re-enroll in the Global Entry program will not be able to do so.

Global Entry membership lasts five years before it must be renewed, and it expires on the member's birthday during that fifth year. Members are eligible to renew a membership one year prior to the expiration. If the membership expires while you're still waiting on CBP to process the renewed membership, you can continue to use Global Entry services for up to one year — as long as you have submitted a renewal application.

Because the DHS' restrictions are effective immediately, if you're a New York state resident who is due to re-enroll in Global Entry or in one of the three other included TTPs, you will not be able to do so. To find out the expiration of your Global Entry membership, log in to your Trusted Traveler Programs account for more information.

While the DHS policy is in place, there may be some workarounds for New York state residents with expiring Global Entry memberships or those who had not yet applied. The CBP offers an authorized app called Mobile Passport, which allows eligible travelers to streamline their arrival back into the U.S. Mobile Passport, which requires that you are a U.S. citizen or Canadian visitor, is available at 27 U.S. international airports and can often be a better, quicker way to re-enter the U.S. than Global Entry. For a preferred membership, Mobile Passport costs $14.99 per year.

Wednesday's letter from the DHS to New York did not include any indication that Mobile Passport use would be restricted for New York state residents.

Featured image by Global Entry can save you time and energy when you're flying back into the U.S. from abroad. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

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Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

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  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
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  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
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