When I renewed my Global Entry three years ago, the online request (and payment) was enough. I wasn’t required to do an in-person interview. Not everyone is so lucky.
Global Entry lets you skip immigration and customs queues when you return to the U.S. It also gets you TSA PreCheck. It costs $100 and lasts five years. When you renew you may be asked to show up in person. They trialed an online ‘interview’ option earlier in the year.
Somehow I missed the news earlier this month that Customs and Border Protection will now let you do Global Entry renewal interviews over Zoom.
Those conditionally approved to renew must be 18 years old or older; have a photo on file that was taken within the past 10 years (when folks renew for a second time, be sure to reach this stage before 10 years from your in-person interview); and have previously submitted fingerprints (such as during your initial Global Entry interview).
You have to have your current passport (and permanent resident card if applicable) and proof of residence when you sit for the online interview.
This program will be extended to NEXUS, FAST and SENTRI as well.
Going to the airport for this no more than once every five years wasn’t the worst thing, although the backlog in interviews needing to be scheduled made actually getting in now very difficult. We’ll see if this increases the interview throughput potential, but it’s certainly nicer to be able to do the interview from your desk rather than finding an available slot that also corresponds to when you can schlepp out for a physical interview.
(HT: Joe Brancatelli)