Wednesday night the Trump administration announced a new policy that New York residents are no longer eligible to apply for (or renew) Global Entry, SENTRI, or Nexus. That means no more expedited immigration, and it means New Yorkers getting their TSA PreCheck through these programs wouldn’t have that benefit renewed either.
New York started giving drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, and to protect their identity from the federal government the state’s DMV stopped sharing information with the federal government. The government, in turn, declared they couldn’t process applications without DMV data (though they’ve been doing so since the law passed, do so for residents of other states, and continue to process green card and citizenship applications for New York residents).
It was unclear what would happen to New Yorkers who already had submitted applications (and renewals). That’s now clear. Those applications have reportedly been flushed.
I've confirmed CBP flushed all EXISTING applications for new/renewed Global Entry from NY residents. NY will sue and get a TRO, but that won't help folks who lost applications.
Check ur account. If ur "pending" application disappeared, call credit card and contest $100 charge
— Joe Brancatelli (@joesentme) February 8, 2020
What New Yorkers who already had pending renewals in progress have gone from seeing ‘pending’ to no renewal in process. An in process Global Entry renewal application served as an extension for expiring Global Entry. This may lead to current Global Entry status being revoked (and along with it PreCheck, though that can still be applied for separately by New Yorkers).
Even if New York state, which is challenging the federal government, manages to prevail in court applications may not be restored. New Yorkers may have to apply again (and pay another application fee). They may have to start at the beginning of the long queue. Hopefully any judge siding with the state will order the reinstatement of applications, and hopefully that will be technically feasible as well.
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In the meantime if you don’t have Global Entry and cannot apply for it, and have an upcoming international trip, consider downloading the mobile passport app or using a kiosk on arrival back to the U.S. Hopefully this row will be resolved quickly.
Update: Apparently refunds for cancelled applications are being processed. If you paid with a card that gave you a statement credit, that statement credit is likely to be reversed (but then you should be able to re-use the credit later). It will be more time consuming to obtain a refund if the card account used for your application fee is no longer active.
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