Indian Citizens Now Eligible For Global Entry

Good news for Indian citizens. On July 3rd the United States CBP announced that citizens of India are eligible to join the Global Entry program. With this announcement India becomes the 11th country whose citizens are allowed to enroll in Global Entry.

 

India Customs Global Entry

 

The other countries whose citizens are allowed to enroll in Global Entry are:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Republic of Korea
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Global Entry, a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Trusted Traveler Program, grants expedited clearance of pre-screened and approved low-risk travelers expedited clearance into the United States at a variety of airport and border crossing stations.

According to Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in the CBP’s announcement; “CBP is excited to offer our flagship Trusted Traveler Program to Indian citizens,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “By expanding Global Entry eligibility, CBP is transforming the international arrivals process, making it more secure, efficient and welcoming, for the millions of Indian citizens who visit the United States each year.”

Global Entry is currently available at 53 U.S. entry airports and 15 Pre-clearance locations. The program streamlines international arrivals for “Trusted Travelers” and will surely be a help to those Indian citizens who visit the United States each year.

By being a member of Global Entry, Indian Citizens will be able to bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.

How Indian Citizens Can Apply For Global Entry

The application fee for Indian citizens applying for Global Entry is $100 and via the GOES online application and is non-refundable. An additional fee of 500 Rupees is also required by the Passport Seva Portal after your initial GOES applicaion is completed. Acceptance into the program is good for 5 years.

Following application submittal and conditional approval all Indian citizens will have to undergo an in person interview conducted by a CBP officer. This is the case for all applicants applying for the Global Entry program. There are over 90 locations for your interview and can be scheduled through your GOES via your log in information.

Interview questions can range from, “What other countries have you visited prior to arriving into the United States?”, “Do you have any relatives living in the United States?”, “What is your purpose in visiting the United States?”. The questions are straightforward and what you would expect for receive expedited access into the U.S.A.

The Application process, according to the CBP website:

Apply Online with CBP: Complete a GOES online application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.

  1. After completion of step ‘1’ applicants need to submit the requisite information, along with the applicable fee of ₹500, in the Passport Seva Portal, www.passportindia.gov.in for their background check in India. In addition to this, all Indian applicants must schedule an in-person interview at the respective Passport Seva Kendra/Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSK/PSLK) office as per their residential jurisdiction in India (as per the address furnished online). During the interview, Indian citizens will have their fingerprints and photo captured and complete other formalities. A visit to the PSK/PSLK is based on prior appointment only.
  2. If the applicant is not presently living in India, it is recommended that they apply for Global Entry prior to their next trip to India so that the appointment at the PSK/PSLK office can be completed during their visit.
  3. Schedule an Interview in the U.S.: Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a message in your GOES account instructing you to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers. Global Entry Enrollment Centers are primarily located within the United States at ports of entry and designated CBP facilities.
  4. Interview Determines Your Eligibility: A U.S. Customs Border Protection officer will ask you questions, take your photo, and collect your fingerprints.
  5. Provide Identification: Bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your permanent resident card.

Note that Indian Citizens applying for Global Entry must have a valid passport and valid visa before applying.

Travelling light always has a lot of advantages. A lighter bag makes you move around easier. You won’t have to pay for excess baggage fees. It’s easier to track your belongings. And the list goes on. So how do we keep it light? The first thing to remember when packing light for a travel is to always put together the essentials. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Make a list. Making a list may seem to be a simple, no-brainer thing to do. But writing the items you will bring helps you with prioritization. It gives you time to think and lets you differentiate between what you want to bring versus what you really need to bring. It gives you peace of mind when packing. You don’t get to bring unnecessary things out of fear that you forgot something.                                                                                                    
  2. Mix and match. Since you want to pack less clothes as much as possible, you must learn the art of mixing and matching your clothes. A pair of pants may be paired with 2 different shirts, for example. You must be selective. This is a lot easier to do when you choose clothes with neutral colors.                                                                              
  3. Roll it! Rolling your clothes is a big space saver and may limit the number of bags you will bring. Notice how folded clothes easily take up space on your bag? It is easier to squeeze in rolled garments inside your bag compared to the folded ones.
  4. Heavy ones first, light last. It is always easier to squeeze in smaller, lighter items in an almost full bag rather than the bulky ones. Putting in bulky and heavier items first will also allow you to distribute the weight of your things in the bag evenly.                                                                                                                                                 
  5. Pack in advance. It is always wise to pack your things in advance. Packing in a hurry is stressful so don’t wait until the day before you leave. You can start packing 2-3 days before your trip. This way, you can re-assess the items in your packing list.

How To Register With Login.Gov Website

 

Below are basic steps to register with the new login.gov website to begin your Trusted Traveler application on the new TTP website.

  • Go to this link: https://secure.login.gov/sign_up/enter_email 
  • Enter your email address and click submit.
  • Check your email and confirm your email address.
  • Create a strong password and continue
  • Add a phone number and click send security code.
  • You will receive a code on your phone number
  • Enter your security code and submit
  • Your Personal Key will be shown. (Do not generate another key)

Steps are shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

The new TTP website is a needed upgrade to the older GOES site and should come as a plus to new applicants.  Though there are still many steps to complete any application, that should not deter anyone from applying for any Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS.

CBP GOES website to be replaced by TTP

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is replacing the website of the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) on October 1, 2017.

Trusted Traveler Program homepage website

The new cloud-based website will be known as the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) System. All the data for current members and submitted applicants will be migrated to the new website at https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov but access to this website will not be possible before October 1, 2017. All current memberships and submitted applications for the CBP trusted traveller programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST will not be impacted by this change of website.

Those who started an application over the GOES website but were unable to make a payment to complete their application before October 1, 2017 would have to start a new application at the TTP website.

The CBP recommends doing the following before October 1, 2017 to facilitate the seamless migration of member information from GOES to the TTP website.

First, log into your existing GOES account at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/

Second, validate and store the following information in your GOES account: PASSID, first name, middle name, last name, city of birth, and date of birth. It is best to print your GOES homepage and the information found under the “change profile” link on the left side of your homepage so that you would have a handy reference after October 1, 2017.

The “change profile” link on your GOES homepage would appear like this:

Old GOES Website

If you were unable to do the previously mentioned steps before October 1, 2017 don’t worry. All is not lost. The GOES website will redirect to the TTP System website starting October 1, 2017 or you could login straight into the TTP website at https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov.

The TTP website will greet you with this page:

New TTP website

If you have paid for an application but have not finalized enrollment, please click on the box that says “I’ve already started applying.” If you are already a member, please click on the box that says “I’m already a program member.” Those who are applying for the first time can click on the box that says “Get started.”

Everyone will be prompted to create a login.gov account. Login.gov is a shared service that allows each user a single login for access to the online services of the federal government. This offers the benefit of greater security and the convenience of keeping less passwords and needing to learn less interfaces as well. All is kept simple and secure for the public.

Please be aware that login.gov requires a unique email address for each applicant or member regardless of age. Should you need assistance with regards creating a login.gov account, browse the frequently asked questions and answers at https://login.gov/help/ or call 844-875-6446 toll-free for more answers and to speak with an information specialist. Information specialists are available between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday, except federal holidays.

After creating your login.gov account, the TTP website will prompt a member or submitted applicant to put in the following information: PASSID, first name, middle name, last name, city of birth, and date of birth. If the information matches what was on the GOES account, the member or submitted applicant will be directed to a dashboard where they will see the information migrated over from their GOES account.

If the information does not match or if there is an error, get some assistance by reaching out to the CBP TTP Help Desk. You can send an email to their support portal at https://help.cbp.gov/app/ask. To ensure a faster response, please make sure to select “Trusted Traveler Programs” as your primary topic and then the subtopic that most closely describes your question. You can also speak to a help desk specialist by calling 855-873-4637 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except federal holidays.

The new Trusted Traveler Program website and login in process is much more pleasing and a better user experience than the older GOES website. However, many steps and page refreshes are still required to complete any Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS application.  All applications are still non-refundable through the new TTP website, even if your application is denied.  Please be aware.

In all, the new Trusted Traveler (TTP) website is a much needed update to the older GOES system and a much better way to apply for Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS programs.  

INTRODUCTION

When traveling it’s good to consider carrying pants with features that will aid in your travels. Research your destination and your activities on the go, and search through the specific features of the pants. Good travel pants should have the following properties

  • Quick drying
  • Lightweight
  • Durableiv
  • Convenientv
  • Should have zippered pockets

Making decisions on the best travel pants may prove a difficult task. In order to help you make the right choice for your trip we have discussed a collection you can choose from. Travel pants can be broken into two groups: travel pants for women and travel pants for men.

TRAVEL PANTS FOR WOMEN

Depending on the choices, color, sizes, and style, women’s pants vary in prices for similar brands. Your budget and preference will determine whether you select between cheap and expensive travel pants. These are some of the best travel pants for women.

Columbia Saturday Trail Pants

These travel pants are made of 4% elastane and 96% nylon. The pockets are zippered for security of your items. For repellency and sun protection the pants have omni-shade UPF 50.

These travel pants come in different prices and can be found on online outlets and a number of retail shops.

Columbia Just Right Straight Leg Travel Pants

This is a quick dry, fitted and very attractive travel pant made from nylon. This casual pant is airy and breathable, and is best for those traveling to warmer places. This lightweight pant is adjustable at the waist and the bottom has a pull on cord for easier adjustment. This travel pant resists stain and water. Its pockets are zippered and have a special property- SPF 50 protection.

LOLE Women’s Refresh Pants

These are casual polyester travel pants that come in either black or brown colors. They are best for long term wear though the polyester material can make them hot. The shallow pockets are zippered to provide security to your items. The draw-back cord on the hem and waist make them adjustable and hence very convenient. The waistband is low-rise making them very comfortable.

REI Sahara Roll-up Travel Pants

This pair of travel pants are breathable and lightweight; they’re made of stretchy material and can be worn comfortably all day. They have a limited versatility as they take long to dry and their internal tightening system leaves marks on your skin under the hip belt. This model is a great choice for those going on a warm weather hiking trip.

KUHL Splash Straight Travel Pants

These pants are made from cotton blend UBERKUHL stretch fabric, which dries very fast. The pants afford great comfort and allows your legs to move with great freedom. These pants are extremely comfortable and customized to fit different sizes by their internal draw back cord. These travel pants fit perfectly through hips and upper thighs; legs can open up to 15’’.

Skyler Travel Pants

These travel pants fit the brief though not necessarily the style; they are fashionable, skinny pants. If you are looking to carry fewer pants consider this, as they can be matched with anything. They have only one small back pocket and are highly durable. If you are making a trip to a less conservative country this should be your best pick. You can also consider them for moving around town. In terms of comfort they are the best travel pants for women.

Bugs Away Akamai Travel Pants

These travel pants features insect shield technology and are best for those looking to go camping. They are comfortable and look good. The insect shield treatment is bound to the fabric, and doesn’t affect your skin. The treatment can last 70 washes. Consider these pants if you are looking to stay away from insect-borne viruses like Zika.

BEST TRAVEL PANTS FOR MEN

These are pants that are lightweight and don’t wrinkle easily even when packed tightly in travel bags.

Royal Robbin men’s Global Travel Pants

These pants are made of 100% nylon; they are comfortable to wear when travelling, walking and sightseeing. Because of the low elasticity of nylon this pant is not comfortable for activities like rock climbing. They are coated with Teflon-stain and water resistant materials that keep them clean for long in all places. Royal Robbin Travel Pants are good for both summer and winter.

Their material has a matrix of printed dots that makes it softer; the pants are also created with raised bumps to ensure the slacks are comfortable. Its quick drying fabric doesn’t wrinkle easily and is enhanced with the UPF 40 PLUS sun protection.

Columbia Sportswear Men’s Global Adventure Pants

These are flexible pants made from 12% elastane and 88% polyester. These travel pants are extremely comfortable because their fabric is woven to stretch four ways. While travelling, you can secure your passport in the big zippered pocket on the right thigh. Besides, the pants have two front pockets, don’t easily crease and are lightweight. They feature UPF 50 sun protection and are water resistant.

Outdoor Research Men’s Ferrosi Pants

These travel pants are made from a mixture of nylon and spandex; the mixture makes them resistant to creases. They dry quickly and are abrasion and wind resistant. They feature two small pockets on the front and an extra two zippered pockets in the back; this design is made primarily for hiking.

Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

These convertible pants are nice for casual outings and if you are travelling to meet friends in town this a good pick for you. They are made from pure nylon and enhanced with omni-shade UPF 50 sun protection. These pants have six pockets but none have zippers. They are good for warmer weather.

CONCLUSION

Many factors are to be considered before arriving at any decision about your travel pants. Take into account the time your flight will take and the weather in your destination and buy travel pants that will allow you comfort to enjoy your trip.