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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Global Entry Interviews in Switzerland

The U.S. Embassy announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will be in Switzerland from March 16 – 26, 2015 to conduct the mandatory in-person enrollment interviews for U.S. Citizen applicants to CBP’s Global Entry program. Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. Global Entry is currently available at 42 U.S. airports, as well as 12 Preclearance locations. For complete details on the program, please visit www.globalentry.gov.

If you are interested in participating in the interview process in Switzerland, you will need to apply through the Global Entry web site (www.globalentry.gov) no later than March 1, 2015.

Be sure to select the preferred city location as the enrollment code when scheduling appointments in the system. Interviews will be conducted at the following locations in Switzerland:

March 16-18, 2015 – Geneva

March 19-20, 2015 – Basel

March 23-24, 2015 – Bern

March 25-26, 2015 – Zurich

Global Entry is designed to be quick, efficient and, at the same time, provide added security for international travelers. While Global Entry's goal is to speed travelers through the process, members are still subject to the same laws and regulations as other travelers, and may be selected for further examination at any time when entering the United States.  Global Entry approval also allows you to be eligible to participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program which expedites screening through TSA checkpoints at participating airports.

Apply through the Global Entry web site (www.globalentry.gov) no later than March 1, 2015. Go to “Apply Today” on the Global Entry website, and you will link to the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) site (https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov. At the GOES site, applicants must first create an account, and then log into their account to submit an application. When you apply, be sure to only select the Global Entry option. A $100 non-refundable application fee for a five-year membership is paid online at the time of application. Once pre-approved, applicants receive messages in their accounts stating that they are “conditionally approved” for Global Entry, and are invited to schedule an interview.

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