ASTA reports it has arranged for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to be on-site at the ASTA Global Convention in Miami, September 16-19, conducting “mobile enrollments” into CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program.
Convention attendees who apply for Global Entry by August 30 and receive a conditional approval from CBP are eligible to schedule their in-person Global Entry interview with a CBP officer and become enrolled in the program while at the ASTA Global Convention in Miami, ASTA says.
This limited opportunity will save attendees time and money, as the normal interview process requires scheduling an in-person interview with a CBP officer at one of a handful of interview locations that may have scarce appointment times available due to the increasing popularity of the trusted traveler program, ASTA notes.
Being enrolled in Global Entry gives individuals the ability to skip customs lines when returning to the U.S. from abroad and also automatically qualifies them for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “PreCheck” program.
TSA PreCheck benefits include shorter airport security lines, exclusion from taking off your shoes and belt, and exclusion from separating your “3-1-1” bag and laptop. On-site Global Entry enrollment is offered exclusively and on a limited basis to ASTA Global Convention attendees that have completed the following:
· Applied for Global Entry through the on-line application by August 30 and paid the application fee ($100 for five years);
· Received a conditional approval from CBP prior to the start of the Convention;
· Scheduled an interview in advance of arriving in Miami, which will be conducted at the Convention (when prompted during the interview scheduling process, use interview location code “ASTA Convention”). Interviews will be conducted Monday, September 16, 1-4pm; Tuesday, September 17, 10:30am-12pm and 1-4pm; and Wednesday, September 18, 8-11:30am and 2-4pm;
· Have a valid passport and second form of identification (i.e. driver’s license or ID card) with you to present at the time of the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must also present your permanent resident card.