Beginning today, Colombian nationals may apply for the Global Entry Program, a trusted-traveler program that allows preapproved, low-risk travelers to use automated kiosks when clearing immigration at designated airports rather than having to wait in line.

Colombia is the first South American country to be included in the program.

Key points:

  • Applicants must apply online and pay a nonrefundable government fee of $100 for a five-year membership.
  • Once the online application is provisionally approved, the applicant must attend a biometrics appointment and an interview with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who will make a final decision on the application.
  • Membership in the program does not replace the need for travelers to obtain an appropriate visa before travel.

Background: Colombia is the eighth country to join the Global Entry program. Global Entry members bypass manned immigration inspection queues at entry points and undergo automated clearance at 59 U.S. and international airports, significantly reducing wait times upon arrival.

Details on how to enroll are available at the Global Online Enrollment System website.

BAL Analysis: Colombian nationals who are frequent travelers will benefit from the program, as their entry clearance will be expedited at dozens of airports. Global Entry members may also benefit from TSA security prescreening at designated international airports before boarding a flight to the U.S. Travelers are reminded that Global Entry does not ensure admission and they must still secure an appropriate visa before travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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