US rolls out expedited entry for low-risk Indian travellers through Global Entry programme

According to the Global Entry programme, travellers must be pre-approved for the initiative. Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said: "CBP is excited to offer our flagship Trusted Traveller programme to Indian citizens." Presently, Global Entry programme is available at 53 US airports and 15 pre-clearance locations.

By: Express Web Desk | Washington | Updated: July 4, 2017 12:10 pm
As per the Global Entry initiative, once a traveller lands at one of the select airports, the programme members enter US through automatic kiosks, rather than queueing up to clear the immigration check by meeting an immigration officer.

The United States of America has started rolling out for Indian citizens its Global Entry programme which allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers. Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US, on Monday became the first Indian national to enroll in the programme. With this intiative, India has become the 11th country whose citizens are eligible to enroll in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative.

As per the initiative, once a traveller lands at one of the select airports, the programme members enter US through automatic kiosks, rather than queueing up to clear the immigration check by meeting an immigration officer. At these select airports, the specified members proceed to the Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport, place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete a customs declaration. The Global Entry kiosk then issues the traveller a transaction receipt and directs him or her to the baggage claim and the exit.

According to the Global Entry programme, travellers must be pre-approved for the initiative. As per the CBP website, all applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrolment. Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said: “CBP is excited to offer our flagship Trusted Traveller programme to Indian citizens.” The official further said that CBP is essentially transforming the international arrivals process, thereby making it easier, secure and efficient for millions of Indian citizens visiting the United States each year, as reported by PTI.

Presently, Global Entry programme is available at 53 US airports and 15 pre-clearance locations. It is now available to US citizens, Green Card holders and nationals from Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, besides India. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks. The NEXUS programme allows pre-screened travellers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada.

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    Parikarnath.Iyer
    Jul 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    Rajnath Singh has asked all Mumbai models to apply and be ready for a s s i g n m e n t s!
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      Good.for.indian.state.terrorists
      Jul 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm
      This will help all state terrorists like Modi, Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh to frequently visit and enjoy their stay and also report the progress.
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        Junu
        Jul 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm
        In your opinion all nationalist are terrorist... what do you think about lalu prasad , Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, indira Gandhi etc. etc. ... or they are innocent... since hindus Sikhs died because of their mistakes?
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        Ind
        Jul 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm
        Elon Musk has exploited Indian Army with Space X and Tesla companies. It is a disgrace to India and Indian Military that Elon Musk has blatantly exploited Indian Army. PM Modi must take up this issue of Intellectual Property with US President Trump and either shut down Space X and Tesla or negotiate an agreement. At the end of World War 2, the largest standing army on Earth was Indian Army. India celebrates Republic day not so to be blatantly exploited by Elon Musk.
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          Proud Rapistani
          Jul 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm
          Also NASA stole all space technologies from VeDIK brahmin technology of inter galactic space ships that is very clearly explained with scientiF U K principles in the VEDIK scriptures. Much of the science was developed in the veDIK period and the stupid humans are just using that. SoB(Son of a Brahmin) like "Ind" should expose all foreign agencies with his "Brothel born and brothel educated knowledge".
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          kris kumar
          Jul 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm
          This is all due to PM Modi and making India great again.
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            Pig.eating.brahmin
            Jul 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm
            Your birth too is due to PM Modi or is it Bagawat?
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            ITProfessional
            Jul 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm
            It is a great program. Hope that I will be able to enroll in this program and benefit from it when I visit the US next time. After travelling to US for 24-36 hrs expedited entry can help to quickly go through the customs and immigration
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