U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Brazilian nationals are now eligible to apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program.

Key Points:

  • Applicants must apply through this website and pay a nonrefundable government fee of $100 for a five-year membership.
  • Once the online application is conditionally approved, applicants must schedule an interview with a CBP officer or complete their interview upon arriving in the U.S. at an Enrollment on Arrival location.
  • Global Entry membership does not replace the need for travelers to have a valid visa before travel.

Additional Information: Global Entry allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers when entering the U.S. through designated airports. Those with Global Entry enter the U.S. through automatic kiosks at numerous airports located within the U.S. and at preclearance locations around the world. A pilot was launched in November 2019 to allow certain Brazilian citizens to be eligible for Global Entry. A full arrangement has now been reached. Brazil joins a list of 13 Global Entry countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.K.

BAL Analysis: Brazilian nationals who frequently travel to the U.S. for business or tourism will benefit from the program, as their entry process will be expedited at many U.S. airports. Global Entry members can also benefit from security prescreening at designated international airports before boarding a flight to the U.S. Travelers are reminded that they must still have a valid visa before traveling to the U.S. and that COVID-19 vaccination and testing protocols are currently in place for inbound international air travelers.

This alert has been provided by BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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