Napolitano Announces Rule Proposing Permanent Global Entry Program

 

Department of Homeland Security

(DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the publication of new proposed rule

that would establish Global Entry—a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

voluntary initiative that streamlines the international arrivals and admission

process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification—as a

permanent program.

“Global Entry expedites the customs

and security process for trusted air travelers through biometric identification

while helping DHS ensure the safety of all airline passengers,” said Secretary

Napolitano. “Making Global Entry permanent will improve customer service at

airports across the country and enable law enforcement to focus on higher-risk

travelers.”

Global Entry—currently available as

a pilot program at 20 U.S.

international airports—allows pre-approved members a streamlined, automated

alternative to regular passport processing lines. The program currently reduces

average wait times by more than 70 percent, with more than 75 percent of

travelers using Global Entry processed in under five minutes.

The proposed rule published today

poses federal regulations that would end the current pilot and make Global

Entry permanent—allowing CBP to expand the program to additional U.S.

international airports. Those members currently participating in the pilot will

have their time credited to the five year membership as proposed in the rule,

so there will be no break in membership or need to re-apply when the program

becomes permanent.

At Global Entry kiosks, members

insert their passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader,

provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer

customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen, and then present a

transaction receipt to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers before

leaving the inspection area.

To date, there have been

approximately 100,000 admissions with Global Entry by 27,000

members. Global Entry is currently open to citizens of the United States and lawful permanent residents of

the United States.

Citizens of the Netherlands

may also apply under a special reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry

with the Privium program in Amsterdam.

In August, Secretary Napolitano

announced the expansion of the Global Entry pilot program to 13 additional

airports across the country.

Citizens

interested in commenting on this rulemaking—identified by docket number

USCBP-2008-0097—may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

?         The

Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov  

?         Postal

Mail:

Border Security Regulations Branch

Regulations and Rulings

Office of International Trade

Customs and Border Protection

799 9th Street, NW, 5th

Floor

Washington, DC 20001-4501

Comments must be received by Jan.

19, 2010.

For more information on this or

other CBP Trusted Traveler programs, or for an application to enroll in the

Global Entry pilot program, please visit: www.cbp.gov/travel

or www.globalentry.gov

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