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How to Fill Out the Global Entry Application

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How to Fill Out the Global Entry Application

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Signing-up for Global Entry can save you a LOT of time in airports if you travel frequently.  That’s because it’s designed to help you speed through international customs when you return home.  And it often helps domestically by clearing you to use the PreCheck lane.

But first things first, you must apply for Global Entry!

Global Entry Application
Global Entry Often Gets You TSA PreCheck, Too. And Both Can Help You Save You Lots of Time If You Travel Often!

I’ll show you how.  And remind you which cards come with a credit for free Global Entry!

Submit Your Global Entry Application

Link:   Sign-Up for Global Entry

Step 1 – Create an Account

To get started, pull up the Global Entry application page.  

Global Entry Application
Click “Apply Now!” to Begin Your Application

Near the bottom right, find and click the “Apply Now!” button.

Global Entry Application
Next, Click “Register” to Make a New Account

If this is your first application, click “Register” to create an account.

Global Entry Application
Have You Applied Before? Click “Yes” or “No”

Next, you’ll answer if you’ve ever applied for the following programs:

  • Global Entry
  • US/Mexico FAST
  • US/Canada FAST

Click “Yes” or “No” to proceed.  For most new users, you’ll click “No.”

Global Entry Application
Fill-In Your Details and Hit “Next”

Then, enter your name, birth information, and email address and click “Next.”

Global Entry Application
Make a User ID, Password, and Security Questions

Afterward, you’ll be asked to create a user ID, password, and set up security questions.  Then press “Next.”

Step 2 – Log Into Your Account

You’ll be directed to log into your newly created account.  Then you’ll see this screen:

Global Entry Application
Click “Apply for a Trusted Traveler Program”

To access the Global Entry application, click “Apply for a Trusted Traveler Program.”

Global Entry Application
Select “Global Entry”

You’ll see a list of programs to apply for.  In this case, choose “Global Entry” and click “Next.”

Then, you’ll see a message that says:

If your application is conditionally approved, you will be required to travel to one of the enrollment centers listed below, for your interview.

Here’s a list of all the centers and whether or not they will accept walk-in appointments.

You must confirm you’re willing to visit an enrollment center before you can continue the application.

Global Entry Application
Continue Through the Rest of the Application, and Be Honest With Your Answers

Step 3 – Apply!

There are 16 screens of information.  Most of them are short, but plan to spend at least 30 minutes filling it out.

Global Entry Application
Be Prepared for Each Step Before You Begin

For example, you’ll need your drivers license, citizenship, and basic information.

But there are a few spots where you might get stuck.  Because you’ll be asked for the past 5 years of your:

  • Address history
  • Employment history
  • Travel history
Global Entry Application
You’ll Need 5 Years of Address, Employment, and Travel History

Depending on your situation, the application can be quite the walk down memory lane!

Again, be as honest as possible.  If you’ve had the same address and job for the last 5 years, this part will be easy.  But if not, take some time to find the necessary addresses and list of countries you’ve visited.

Million Mile Secrets team member Scott found that his account shipping history came in handy with this step.  So get creative!

Use old IDs, letters, emails, tax returns, or whatever else you can find to patch this information together.  And it’s best to find it before you sit down to begin the application.

Once it’s complete, submit your application for initial enrollment.

Step 4 – Make an In-Person Appointment at an Enrollment Center

You’ll usually hear back within ~3 to ~5 business days whether or not you’re conditionally approved.  If you are, you’ll be invited to make an appointment at an enrollment center to complete your application and finalize your application.

If there are no appointments available, you can book at a different center and change your appointment date later.

Your Global Entry, if approved, will be valid for 5 years.  And will expire on your birthday of the 5th year.

The time you’ll save is well worth it to apply and complete the in-person appointment.  Because you’ll have 5 years of less stressful travel ahead!

Cards That Offer Free Global Entry

Global Entry costs $100 and is valid for 5 years.  But the fee is refunded if you pay with one of these cards:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
  • Citi Prestige® Card

With these cards, you’re eligible for the fee reimbursement once every 5 years.

More About Global Entry

Bottom Line

It’s worth it to sign-up for Global Entry membership.  Especially if you have a card that comes with a statement credit for free enrollment!

Has Global Entry changed the way you travel?  Did you find the application process was easy?

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How long does the process normally take before you can schedule the interview?

You mentioned “often” get TSA precheck. So, global entry doesn’t guarantee TSA precheck, too? I’m not traveling internationally for another year, but could be travelling with my husband quite a bit domestically. Would TSA precheck be better than Global entry for me?

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Technically, nothing guarantees Pre-Check. That said, Global Entry is a more stringent application than TSA Pre-Check, so I suspect you’ll get more out of Global Entry.

Many of my friends just showed up at a center without an appointment and got an interview. It is worth a try.

Nearly impossible to get an interview if you don’t live in a city with a available location. Closest sites to Indianapolis are Cincinatti and Chicago and only on weekdays. It just doesn’t make sense for me to take a day off work and drive 6 hours round trip to save 30 minutes in line at the airport on my once per year int’l vacation

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@Greg – That is frustrating. In my experience, book an appointment at another center and keep checking back at your center for an appointment. They usually open up a week or two before.

I just received my card little nervous using it going to Cabo next month. Was reimbursed by Ritz cc with no issues.

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Enjoy your trip! You can use the automated machines when you come back to the US – and it takes only a few minutes to complete the process.

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