US expands automated immigration kiosks to four more airports
17 March 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on 5 March the expansion of the Global Entry program to four additional US airports. Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited immigration clearance through automated kiosks for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the US. The program is available to US citizens and US lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, pre-approved Mexican nationals, and Dutch citizens.
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- Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 5 March
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina on 12 March
- Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado on 19 March
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on 26 March
In January, US President Obama signed an Executive Order announcing new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the US and made the Global Entry pilot program a permanent initiative. Following this new expansion of the program, the expedited clearance through the Global Entry program will be available at airports that serve 97 percent of international travelers arriving in the US.
The Global Entry kiosks work like this: members insert their machine readable passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk's touch-screen, and then present a confirmation receipt to immigration officers before leaving the inspection area.
In order to be eligible to use the kiosks, travelers must enroll in the Global Entry program. In order to do this applicants must:
- complete and submit an online application through the program's website.
- pay a non-refundable USD$100 application fee.
- CBP will then review the applicant's information, conduct a background investigation, and interview the applicant at one of CBP enrollment centres, which are located at all major airports where the Global Entry program is offered.
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