1 AUGUST 2016
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US-bound travellers wishing to avoid the long queues facing incoming passengers that hit US airports this summer will be able to apply to join the US Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) Global Entry programme at an enrolment centre at the US embassy in London.
The centre will be open for 60 days from 26 September to interview applicants, who must already have been approved conditionally by the Home Office.
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens must apply through the Home Office website and pay a £42 processing fee. Applicants who pass this UK vetting process will receive a UK access code, which they will need to enter when applying for Global Entry through the programme’s website, details of which will be given with the code.
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is US$100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the application is approved, CBP officers will interview applicants at the new centre and make a final decision.
The enrolment centre will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 08:00 to 16:30 and all applicants will be required to have appointments.
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Barry Graham, Washington, DC
The problem will be alleviated (or at least moved) when they introduce pre-clearance at Heathrow has has been promised.