First of all, it is important to point out what exactly the Global Entry is, and namely – it represents a certain immigration program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (BPS), which allows all pre-approved and low-risk international frequent travelers, as wells as exchange visitors to receive clearance, valid for 5 years, upon arrival into the federal republic through automatic kiosks at 42 U.S. airports. Its main aim is giving the travelers the opportunity to avoid the long-formed queues, annoying paperwork and extra hassle, and in that way – to let them pass through customs and head off to their destinations much faster than usual.
Can anyone and everyone get a Global Entry Card?
Unfortunately, the answer is “NO”.
Only the following groups of people are allowed to apply for it:
- adults (individuals under 18 must have parental approval in order to get Global Entry Pass);
- S. citizens;
- lawful permanent residents;
- Dutch citizens;
- South Korean citizens;
- Mexican nationals;
- Canadian citizens and residents;
Wonder how to get your own Global Entry Card?
Provided that you belong to one of the categories mentioned above, here is what you have to do next:
- As a start, complete the online application form and pay the concomitant application fee. Acceptable forms of payment are credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), money order or simply a certified check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. As for the price – the privilege of possessing this card will cost you round about $100. But be careful because the following fee is non-refundable!
The whole application process takes not more than 10-15 minutes and you should receive an email confirmation shortly after sending it.
- Set a date for an interview. In the framework of 1 to 10 days you are expected to receive a second email that informs you that you are approved. You must then log into your GOES (Global Online Enrollment System) account and select an appointment time at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers at your choice.
Find out more about global entry application process here: https://goo.gl/RP3EU9
- Note: You have only 30-day grace period to fulfill Step 2!
- You will receive your Global Entry Card by mail within approximately two weeks after the interview;
So far, so good, but… How to use your Global Entry Card now?
Once the particular program member arrives at an airport, he is required to go to one of the well-marked local Entry kiosks, to insert his passport or U.S. permanent resident card inside, to place his fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification afterwards and then to complete a customs declaration. The kiosk itself provides the traveler a transaction receipt and directs him right to baggage claim, respectively, to the exit.
All of us have a family, some have a small other have big ones. Most of us love to spend time with them and one of the things we can do is to travel together and build great memories. There are few things that are better than that and for the most people there is nothing more pleasant to travel together with your family.
So when you plan your vacation down the south somewhere into the States or you go up to the North into Canada. You want to have fewer obstacles to your journey with your love ones. And most often than not there are few things than might make your experience traveling a little bit bitter because of many small things like traffic or flat tire.
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Hi, my name is Jane. I love to travel south to the beautiful New York City. Where I live in Canada is so quit and green that sometimes I just want to escape to the big city. I like to travel with my car. There are some difficulties when I do that though. That’s the traffic on the border side. However, I found a quick and easy way to pass that test. A friend of mine suggested me to buy a Nexus Card. I have heard about it but I have never really gave it a thought.
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There are time when we lose things. We lose money, keys, wallets and etc. We hate it, we are angry about it but at the end of the day we got to do what we got to do to handle things right. That’s the case with our friend Joe who lost his Nexus Card recently and he shared his experience with us.
“I am a Canadian and I work as an engineer for a building company. Therefore, I have to travel often to New York where is located our headquarter. I often go with my family car together with my family so we can spend time together. We have already used to ride on the Nexus Line and no waiting needed on the crossing border.
Till one day when I lost my wallet with all the document and unfortunately my nexus card. That was shocking news because we had already planned a family trip to US and now all was in vain. I had to request new passport, ids and new nexus pass. I was not familiar how to get nexus card replacement and I was worried that it will take me so much time as it took me when I was initially applying for nexus program but it was really easy process. All I had to do was to go to a website that offers that service for lost nexus card and apply again. The total cost was $50 and the process was very easy and quick. I did not expect that. Probably the most important of my documents was recovered faster than I expected. The company that I trusted for this process is called Global Trusted Traveler and they explained to me that it may take an interview again when I apply for nexus card replacement but it is not necessary every time but sometimes is requested. However, I was lucky this time and I had my nexus card replaced with new one week later in a white envelop sent from the government. The card had the same expiration date as the previous one and I think that the number of the card is now different. “
That was Joe experience of replacing his lost nexus card. If you have the same problem you can write us a comment and we will be happy to help you out.
It is easy to stay the same and not change anything but most of the times change is not just good but a must. What do I mean? Stefan is a Canadian citizen and he lives near Niagara Falls. He loves to spend time with his family and they often travel together. They love to visit USA because of its sights and entertainments. He has two children, the small one is 3 years old and the other is 10. Their children are big fans of Disney Land (are you kidding me, who’s not). So they go every month to the States with their family car to visit some of their favorite places. For a long time they did not realize that they spend a lot of time crossing the border. Sometimes that could be an hour, sometimes on holidays it could be 2-3 hours. The time spend waiting is precious for the family traveling experience and is not a necessary.
Till one day a border police suggested them to apply for nexus application for family. They have heart about Nexus program before but did not realize that this traveling program can improve their traveling experience. Moreover, they can save hours of their time and spend it in family activities. They can save over 100 hours of waiting a year and create so much family memories just by having a Nexus pass.
So they bought each member of their family a nexus card and for a small fee they improve so much their traveling/crossing the border experience that they said “We love Nexus program, it’s the best thing that happened to us for a long time.”
Be smart and open minded traveler. Seize those opportunities that can save you time. It can be just a traveling card or something else that can save you so much time and make you remember more family times than border crossing times.
Congratulations! You have made it through the first stage of the NEXUS Canada or U.S. program, now you are off to the second part of the application – the interview.
The interview for the NEXUS pass is important because it will confirm whether or not you will be a likely candidate. As intimidating or scary as an interview may sound, its important to not see it like that. Its important to not put too much pressure on this part of the application – rather you should see it as like when you are at border security and the guards are asking your questions.