The GOES Global Entry application questions are straight forward.
There are two man steps to complete your Global Entry enrollment: Submitting your GOES Global Entry application online & attending a in person interview.
We will go over how to apply for Global Entry below, as well as a description on how to activate and use your Global Entry card with examples of Global Entry interview questions.
Note: The process for applying for Global Entry is the same as the other Trusted Traveler Programs, SENTRI and NEXUS. The TSA PreCheck application follows the same process as well: Online Application and in person interview.
The only differences between any of the the three main programs (Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS) have to do with cost and interview locations.
Member benefits are the same amongst all big 3 Trusted Traveler Programs as they each share the other’s benefits and have TSA PreCheck included.
If you apply for just TSA PreCheck alone you will not receive any benefits of Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.
TSA PreCheck is a separate program managed by the TSA and not the U.S. Department of Border Protection. This is why Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS members share benefits and TSA PreCheck does not.
After your Global Entry application is conditionally approved you must attend a in person interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer to complete your Global Entry enrollment.
If successful, your Global Entry card will arrive in the mail. Now you can activate your membership and have access to Global Entry Benefits.
1. GOES Global Entry Application:
All GOES Global Entry applications are completed online. There is no physical .pdf or print out application.
All applications must be completed through the the CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System or GOES.
The GOES Global Entry application requires you to register with the system which sets your Global Entry login information.
Following your GOES registration you’ll be prompted to choose which Trusted Traveler Program you would like to apply for and answer a series of questions.
Each question is on a a single page and the CBP estimates that completing Global Entry enrollment can take ~ 40 minuets.
Global Entry application questions surround the following:
- Address history
- Travel history
- Passport Information
How much does Global Entry cost?
The Global Entry application fee is $100 and memberships is good for 5 years. This fee is non-refundable if your application is denied.
Membership into the Global Entry program includes TSA PreCheck privileges as well as SENTRI and NEXUS benefits with no additional information needed unless you wish to register your vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes.
2: Schedule Global Entry Interview
There are a total of 86 locations for you to attend your Global Entry interview. More locations being added every month.
If your application is approved we will notify you via e-mail and will pre-schedule an CBP interview at the closest Enrollment Center to your zip code. You can always contact us to re-schedule at a different time or log on to your GOES account to complete this process yourself.
The majority of Global Entry enrollment centers are located at the major airports or border crossing stations.
Dates for a interview can be up to 3 weeks to 3 months in the future. So apply as soon as your are ready and plan ahead as best you can.
Impatient? You can walk into a enrollment center and see if there are available openings for that day.
When you attend your Global Entry interview you will need to bring your:
- Drivers license
- Print out of your Conditional Approval Letter
is wise to also bring:
- Valid drivers license (or state identification) issued in state where applicant lives
- Any evidence of your employment or residence (tax return, pay stub, mortgage/rent payment receipts)
The interview with a CBP agent is straightforward and easy. During the interview you will have your photograph taken for your Global Entry card and your fingerprints will be scanned.
During your interview, the CBP officer will ask you a variety of questions surrounding your application.
Global Entry Interview questions could be:
- “How often do you go to (said country in application)?”
- “Do you or any friends or family travel to Mexico. If so, how often?”
- “How often do you visit (said countries)?”
No personal questions are asked and the whole time in front of an officer is about 5 min.
If you are registering your vehicle for use in SENTRI lanes you will also need to provide:
- Valid drivers license (or state identification)
- Vehicle registration
- Evidence of US automobile insurance
- If the vehicle is not registered in the name of the applicant, a notarized letter authorizing its use by the applicant is required. A company vehicle requires written authorization on company letterhead
3: Global Entry Card Activation and Use
Once your interview is complete and if you are deemed a Trusted Traveler you will receive your Global Entry card in mail in about one week.
Log back into your GOES account and active you card before use.
Once you active your Global Entry card that’s it. You’re done!
You can now use your program’s benefits to cross the Mexican or Canadian border in less than 20min.
Or, use your KTN/PASS ID to enjoy TSA PreCheck benefits.
“What’s a KTN?” “Can’t I just show my card and be good to go?”
We wish it could be that easy.
Check out How to Use your Global Entry to access TSA PreCheck lanes as often as possible.
Don’t worry, it’s easy.
Global Entry For Children
All children, regardless of age, must apply for Global Entry and pay the appropriate fees to become a member
This mainly applies for children and infants that will be returning to the U.S. with their parents or guardians from international air travel so that they may use Customs Kiosks and avoid Customs and Immigrations lines.
A great first hand experience from the blog Regional First gives specific information around applying for and using Global Entry with children.
TIP! Children under the age of 13 DO NOT need to be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or TSA PreCheck in order use TSA PreCheck lanes with their parent or guardian.
However, the parent or guardian must be a member of Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS or TSA PreCheck and must have been selected for TSA PreCheck upon checkin.
Have more question about the GOES Global Entry application, it’s questions or best use practices? Let us know!