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

Key Points:

  • Global Entry allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers when entering the U.S. through designated airports.
  • Applicants must apply for Global Entry through this website and pay a nonrefundable government fee of $100 for a five-year membership.
  • Once the online application is conditionally approved, applicants can 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 (if required) before travel.

Additional Information: Those with Global Entry enter the U.S. through automatic kiosks at numerous U.S. airports and at preclearance locations around the world. The Dominican Republic joins 14 other Global Entry countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Bahrain, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and the U.K.

BAL Analysis: Dominican 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, if required, before traveling to the U.S.

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

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