U.S. Customs to hold interviews in Kalispell for Global Entry enrollment program

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations is holding a series of Global Entry enrollment workshops in Kalipell. During these enrollment events, CBP will conduct interviews for conditionally approved Global Entry applicants.

Global Entry is a voluntary expedited clearance initiative for pre-approved low-risk international travelers, who are processed by biometric identification using a designated kiosk, rather than waiting in line for entry processing by a CBP officer when entering the U.S. at a participating airport. The kiosks facilitate entry by reducing wait and processing times.

Interviews of conditionally approved applicants will be held at the CBP office, located at the Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell.

Once applicants receive their letter of conditional approval, they may telephone the CBP office at the locations listed below to schedule their interview. Interviews will take place at GPI on April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To become a Global Entry member, individuals must apply online, undergo a background investigation and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. If no disqualifying information is found, travelers receive the benefit of expedited processing. The $100 application fee allows for five years of membership and travelers can use nearly 300 kiosks located at 34 U.S. airports and 10 preclearance locations in Canada and Ireland.

CBPs goal for these enrollment events is to provide convenient, easy-access, local venues for conditionally approved Global Entry applicants to complete the required interview with a CBP officer, said Area Port of Sweetgrass Port Director Daniel Escobedo.

Travelers interested in applying for Global Entry need to apply online utilizing the Global Online Enrollment System. With the enrollment event quickly approaching, any applicant wishing to take advantage of this opportunity, needs to start the application process immediately. Since the application vetting process may take six to eight week, there may still be time for applicants to receive conditional approval to participate in the workshops that will take place in mid-May, if they submit their applications by April 1.

Global Entry also provides access to the TSA Pre? initiative which offers expedited screening through domestic airport security checkpoints. Benefits of TSA Pre? include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, and not having to remove laptops from carrying cases.

More information on CBPs Global Entry Program can be found at Global Entry or by visiting the CBP homepage at www.cbp.gov.

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