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  • News: DHS Notice of Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to Citizens of the Republic of Panama

    Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 7 (Monday, January 12, 2015)
    [Federal Register Volume 80, Number 7 (Monday, January 12, 2015)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 1509-1510]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2015-00258]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    
     Customs and Border Protection
    
    [CBP Dec. No. 15-01]
    
    
    Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to Citizens of the Republic 
    of Panama
    
    AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland 
    Security.
    
    ACTION: General notice.
    
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    SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established the 
    Global Entry international trusted traveler program at most major U.S. 
    airports. Global Entry allows pre-approved, low-risk participants 
    expedited entry into the United States using Global Entry kiosks 
    located at designated airports. Currently, eligibility for 
    participation in Global Entry is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. 
    nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Mexican nationals, and 
    certain eligible citizens of the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, 
    the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Qatar, and the United 
    Kingdom. Additionally, participants in the NEXUS trusted traveler 
    program and certain participants in the Secure Electronic Network for 
    Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) trusted traveler program are 
    permitted to use the Global Entry kiosks as part of their membership in 
    those programs.\1\ This document announces that CBP is expanding 
    eligibility for Global Entry to include citizens of the Republic of 
    Panama. All of these individuals must otherwise satisfy the 
    requirements for participation in the Global Entry program. 
    Additionally, this document announces that U.S. citizens who 
    participate in Global Entry or U.S. citizens who can utilize Global 
    Entry kiosks as NEXUS or SENTRI participants have the option to apply 
    for membership in Panama Global Pass, the Republic of Panama's trusted 
    traveler program.
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        \1\ See the Utilization of Global Entry Kiosks by NEXUS and 
    SENTRI Participants Federal Register notice, December 29, 2010 (75 
    FR 82202) for further information.
    
    DATES: The expansion of eligibility to citizens of the Republic of 
    Panama will occur on January 12, 2015. Applications will be accepted 
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    from citizens of the Republic of Panama beginning January 12, 2015.
    
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Panetta, Office of Field 
    Operations, (202) 344-1253, Larry.A.Panetta@cbp.dhs.gov.
    
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    
    Background
    
    Global Entry Program
    
        Global Entry is a voluntary program that allows for the expedited 
    clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United 
    States at Global Entry kiosks located at designated airports. CBP 
    issued the final rule that promulgated the regulation to establish 
    Global Entry as an ongoing voluntary regulatory program in the Federal 
    Register (77 FR 5681) on February 6, 2012. The final rule contains a 
    detailed description of the program, the eligibility criteria, the 
    application and selection process, and the initial airport locations. 
    See 8 CFR 235.12. Travelers who wish to participate in Global Entry 
    must apply via the Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) Web site, 
    https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov, and pay the applicable fee. Applications 
    for Global Entry must be completed and submitted electronically.
        Eligibility for participation in Global Entry is limited to U.S. 
    citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and certain 
    nonimmigrant aliens from countries that have entered into arrangements 
    with CBP regarding international trusted traveler programs. 
    Specifically, the regulation provides that certain nonimmigrant aliens 
    from countries that have entered into arrangements with CBP concerning 
    international trusted traveler programs may be eligible to apply for 
    participation in Global Entry after CBP announces the arrangement by 
    publication of a notice in the Federal Register. The notice will 
    include the country, the scope of eligibility of nonimmigrant aliens 
    from that country (e.g., whether only citizens of the foreign country 
    or citizens and non-citizens are eligible) and other conditions that 
    may apply based on the terms of the arrangement. See 8 CFR 
    235.12(b)(1)(ii). In the preamble of the Global Entry final rule, CBP 
    recognized the existence of previous arrangements it had with Mexico 
    and the Netherlands regarding the international trusted traveler 
    programs and announced that Mexican nationals and certain citizens of 
    the Netherlands were eligible to apply for the Global Entry program. It 
    further specified that Mexican nationals and citizens of the 
    Netherlands who were existing participants in the Global Entry pilot 
    would be automatically enrolled in the ongoing Global Entry program. 
    Additionally, in the preamble of the Global Entry final rule, CBP 
    recognized that pursuant to a previous Federal Register notice,\2\ 
    participants in NEXUS and certain participants in SENTRI would still be 
    allowed to use the Global Entry kiosks.
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        \2\ See the Utilization of Global Entry Kiosks by NEXUS and 
    SENTRI Participants Federal Register notice, December 29, 2010 (75 
    FR 82202) for further information.
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        In a notice published in the Federal Register (78 FR 48706) on 
    August 9, 2013, CBP expanded Global Entry eligibility to include 
    citizens of the Republic of Korea who are participants in the Smart 
    Entry System (SES), a trusted traveler program for pre-approved, low-
    risk travelers at designated airports in the Republic of Korea via the 
    use of e-gates; a limited number of citizens of the Federal Republic of 
    Germany who are participants in the Automated and Biometrics-Supported 
    Border Controls (ABG) Plus, a trusted traveler program in the Federal 
    Republic of Germany; a limited number of citizens of the State of 
    Qatar; and a limited number of citizens of the United Kingdom who 
    frequently travel to the United States.
        This document announces the further expansion of the Global Entry 
    trusted
    
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    traveler program to citizens of the Republic of Panama.
    
    The Republic of Panama
    
        On February 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP 
    and the Ministry of Public Security of the Republic of Panama signed a 
    Joint Statement regarding the development of an international trusted 
    traveler initiative. As CBP and the Republic of Panama have negotiated 
    the operational details and completed the necessary infrastructure 
    updates, CBP is now ready to announce that, based on the Joint 
    Statement, citizens of the Republic of Panama are eligible to apply for 
    participation in Global Entry.
        In order to participate, citizens of the Republic of Panama who 
    apply for Global Entry will be required to complete the on-line 
    application located on the GOES Web site, pay the non-refundable Global 
    Entry fee, and satisfy all the requirements of Global Entry. These 
    applicants will be permitted to participate in Global Entry only upon 
    successful completion of a thorough risk assessment by both CBP and the 
    Republic of Panama's Ministry of Public Security and completion of an 
    interview with CBP. The vetting criteria were mutually developed and 
    are consistent with each agency's applicable domestic laws and 
    policies. Once the risk assessment has been completed, CBP will notify 
    the applicants regarding whether or not they have been accepted into 
    Global Entry.
        Applicants may be denied enrollment in the Global Entry program for 
    various reasons. An individual who is inadmissible to the United States 
    under U.S. immigration law or has, at any time, been granted a waiver 
    of inadmissibility or parole is ineligible to participate in Global 
    Entry. Applications from such individuals will automatically be 
    rejected. Applications for Global Entry may also be rejected if the 
    applicant has ever been arrested for, or convicted of, a criminal 
    offense, or if the individual has ever been found in violation of 
    customs or immigration laws, or of any criminal law. Additionally, an 
    applicant will not be accepted for participation in Global Entry if CBP 
    determines that the applicant presents a potential risk of terrorism, 
    or criminality (including smuggling), or if CBP cannot sufficiently 
    determine that the applicant meets all the program eligibility 
    criteria. The eligibility criteria are set forth in more detail in the 
    Global Entry final rule and 8 CFR 235.12. See also http://www.globalentry.gov.
    
    U.S. Citizens' Participation in Panama Global Pass
    
        Pursuant to the Joint Statement, U.S. citizens who are Global Entry 
    participants or U.S. citizens who can utilize Global Entry kiosks as 
    NEXUS or SENTRI participants have the option to apply for Panama Global 
    Pass membership. Panama Global Pass is a trusted traveler program in 
    the Republic of Panama that uses self-service kiosks to offer expedited 
    processing for air travelers through clearance formalities when 
    entering the Republic of Panama. All U.S. applicants must apply for 
    Panama Global Pass directly with the Government of Panama, be 
    thoroughly vetted by both CBP and the Republic of Panama and be 
    interviewed by the National Immigration Service of Panama in the 
    Republic of Panama to complete the enrollment process. U.S. applicants 
    are required to pay the Panama Global Pass non-refundable $100 fee for 
    a five-year membership. The Republic of Panama will notify the U.S. 
    applicant directly about whether he or she was approved for Panama 
    Global Pass. More information about how to apply for Panama Global Pass 
    membership is available at http://www.globalentry.gov.
    
        Dated: January 7, 2015.
    John P. Wagner,
    Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-00258 Filed 1-9-15; 8:45 am]
    BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    
    
    
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