Is my Global Entry membership still valid for up to a year after expiration?

Feb 7, 2020

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new information. It was originally published on Sept. 11, 2019.

This week, New York residents lost the ability to enroll or re-enroll in Global Entry and similar Trusted Traveler programs such as SENTRI, NEXUS and FAST. However, New York travelers should still be able to use existing Global Entry memberships until they expire.

As for travelers who live in the rest of the country, Global Entry renewal applications are still backlogged; as of the 2019 holiday season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it had more than 350,000 applicant renewals pending.

In response, CBP extended the length of time that travelers can use their benefits after Global Entry membership expires — from six months to a year,  according to a report in USA Today in September 2019.

Although the CBP website still references a six-month grace period, Global Entry memberships will, in fact, work for up to a full year after their expiration dates. However, you still have to submit your application for renewal before the expiration date.

For New York travelers, however, this week’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security means that their memberships will not qualify for the extension after expiration.  New Yorkers are reporting that their renewal interviews are being canceled and their application fees refunded. TPG has reached out to CBP to confirm these details, but has not heard back as of the time of this publication.

For travelers from all other states, renewing Global Entry membership continues to be a lengthy process because of increasing enrollment numbers, last year’s government shutdown and the reassignment of officials to the southern border earlier this summer. TPG readers have reported waiting months for their Global Entry renewal to process.

Related: Renewing Global Entry too late – Reader mistake story

If you have yet to apply for Global Entry, be sure to read about the 13 key things to know about getting Global Entry. This guide includes information about who qualifies for the program, what families need to know about Global Entry, what to expect during your interview and more.

And, if you hold a premium credit card that waives the $100 application fee for Global Entry, you may be able to enjoy your expedited airport security for zero cost.

The application process can be a hassle these days, but Global Entry membership is definitely worth the trouble. The program includes TSA PreCheck for domestic expedited security screening as well.

But if Global Entry isn’t for you, look into Mobile Passport — especially if you’re a New York resident. This freemium digital passport app is available for U.S. citizens and Canadians at 27 U.S. airports.

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