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What to bring to a Global Entry interview

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    Global Entry benefits offer great conveniences to travelers, particularly upon entry into the United States. Membership can allow individuals to skip important but time-consuming aspects of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) screenings, such as the official paperwork and face-to-face review.

    The interview is an important step of Global Entry enrollment, in part because identification documents are verified. Let's review what specific documents you'll need to bring.

    What documents are needed for a Global Entry interview?

    Simply put, you'll need to bring a valid passport or permanent resident card, plus one more form of ID to a Global Entry interview. However, there may be some nuances to the documents you need depending on where you complete your interview.

    Documents for an enrollment center interview

    For a typical interview at a Global Entry enrollment center, you'll need to present a valid passport and one other form of identification. If you're a lawful permanent resident, bring your machine-readable permanent resident card instead of a passport.

    In some cases, you may be asked ahead of time to bring additional documents, such as a court document or proof of address. Your conditional approval notice should list any supporting documents required at your interview.

    Documents for Enrollment on Arrival

    The Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) program allows Global Entry applicants to complete an interview as they arrive in the United States. A conditional approval is still required, but EoA interviews don't have to be scheduled.

    EoA is available at select international terminals. When you land, follow signs that point toward CBP officers who can complete your interview as well as the standard inspection.

    To complete the Global Entry interview through EoA, you'll need the following documents:

    • Valid passport or permanent resident card: If you have more than one passport, bring them all to your interview. The information can be added to your file, so you can use any of your valid passports at Global Entry kiosks. If you're a permanent resident, your physical, machine-readable card will suffice for EoA.
    • Proof of residency: Examples include a utility bill, mortgage or rental payment statement and driver's license (so long as the address is current).

    Proof of residency is not required for minors who are conditionally approved for Global Entry.

    Why are Global Entry documents important?

    The documents required for Global Entry are important because they verify an applicant's identity. Global Entry is called a Trusted Traveler Program for a reason: Members have their identities and backgrounds vetted carefully by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    If it's your first time applying, you'll need to bring the required documents to your interview. Failure to provide documentation at this time will cancel your application.

    Do I need to dress up for a Global Entry interview?

    There is not a dress code for Global Entry interviews. You will have already been conditionally approved at this time. The primary purpose is to verify your identity and documentation. You'll probably be asked several questions, but it's not like a job interview. Just remember to bring the required documents.

    How long does a Global Entry interview take?

    Global Entry interviews are usually about 15 minutes and consist of asking the applicant several questions. At the time of your interview, your application will have been conditionally approved. Your documentation and identity will be verified in person at this point, so the DHS can continue processing your application.

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