What is the change? Beginning next month, U.K. citizens will be able to apply for the U.S. Global Entry program that allows pre-approved travelers to move through U.S. airports faster and receive expedited pre-screening.

What does the change mean? U.K. citizens who wish to become members must apply to the U.K. Home Office for an access code to be used in applying for the Global Entry program online through U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They would also be required to attend an interview with a CBP officer.

  • Implementation time frame: Dec. 3.
  • Visas/permits affected: Global Entry program.
  • Who is affected: U.K. citizens who travel frequently to the U.S.
  • Business impact: Frequent business travelers will benefit from streamlined border clearance procedures.
  • Next steps: Registration begins Dec. 3.

Background: To register, U.K. citizens will apply online with the U.K. Home Office and, if approved, will receive an access code to enter on the application form when enrolling in the CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System. Applicants must first pay a U.K. government fee of £42 (about US$65) and then a U.S. government application fee of $100 for a five-year membership. The applicant must also appear for an interview with a CBP officer, who will determine whether the applicant is eligible.

The extension of the Global Entry program to U.K. citizens follows the U.K.’s launch of the Registered Traveller program for select nationals, including U.S. citizens, last year.

BAL Analysis: U.K. citizens pre-approved for the Global Entry program can benefit from streamlined entry procedures at 46 U.S. airports and may qualify for pre-clearance by CBP when exiting designated international airports.

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