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Article from BTNews 9 NOVEMBER 2015

WTM United States visa announcement

US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowski announced the expansion of its Global Entry programme at World Travel Market. (See ON TOUR) This Programme allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers. UK citizens can register from 3 December.

"Making it easier to get through the entry process has significant logistical appeal for travellers coming to the US," said Christopher L. Thompson, Brand USA's President and CEO. "It places our country among the most visitor-friendly nations in the world."

Currently available at 46 US airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travellers. The programme  has more than 2.5m members.

To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a £42 processing fee. If the applicant passes the UK vetting, they will receive a "UK Access Code," which applicants will enter when applying for Global Entry through CBP's Global Online Enrolment System (GOES). The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is US$100 and applications must be made online. Once the application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with the applicant and then make a final eligibility determination. www.cbp.gov

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