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  • News: DHS, CBP Notice of Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to All Citizens of the United Kingdom

    [Federal Register Volume 81, Number 133 (Tuesday, July 12, 2016)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 45170-45172]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2016-16435]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    
    [CBP Dec. No. 16-09]
    
    
    Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to All Citizens of the 
    United Kingdom
    
    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 participants dedicated CBP 
    processing into the United States using Global Entry kiosks located at 
    designated airports. In 2013, CBP announced a limited pilot program 
    through which certain British citizens were eligible to apply for 
    participation in the Global Entry program. This
    
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    document announces that CBP is concluding the pilot and expanding 
    eligibility in the Global Entry program to include all British citizens 
    with a valid United Kingdom passport documenting their British 
    citizenship. Additionally, this document announces that certain U.S. 
    citizens may apply for membership in Registered Traveller, the United 
    Kingdom's registered traveler program.
    
    DATES: Global Entry eligibility will be expanded to British citizens on 
    July 12, 2016. Applications will be accepted beginning July 12, 2016.
    
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garret A. Conover, Office of Field 
    Operations, (202) 325-4062, Garret.A.Conover@cbp.dhs.gov.
    
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    
    Background
    
    Global Entry Program
    
        Global Entry is a voluntary program that allows for dedicated CBP 
    processing of pre-approved travelers arriving in the United States at 
    Global Entry kiosks located at designated airports. In a final rule 
    published in the Federal Register (77 FR 5681) on February 6, 2012, CBP 
    promulgated the regulation (8 CFR 235.12) to establish Global Entry as 
    an ongoing voluntary regulatory program. Section 235.12 contains a 
    description of the program, the eligibility criteria, the application 
    and enrollment process, and redress procedures. 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. The list of airports with Global Entry 
    kiosks is available at http://www.globalentry.gov.
        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, 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. CBP 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. CBP also stated that pursuant to a previous 
    Federal Register notice,\1\ participants in NEXUS and certain 
    participants in SENTRI would still be allowed to use the Global Entry 
    kiosks.
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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.
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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 and a 
    limited number of citizens of the State of Qatar. In the notice, CBP 
    also announced a Global Entry pilot for a limited number of German 
    citizens who participated in ABG Plus, Germany's former trusted 
    traveler program.
        In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 FR 7822) on 
    February 16, 2016, CBP announced the conclusion of the limited pilot 
    for German citizens and the expansion of Global Entry eligibility to 
    include all German citizens. Additionally, this notice announced that 
    certain U.S. citizens may apply for membership in EasyPASS, Germany's 
    registered traveler program.
        In a notice published in the Federal Register (80 FR 1509) on 
    January 12, 2015, CBP expanded Global Entry eligibility to include 
    citizens of the Republic of Panama. Additionally, the notice announced 
    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.
    
    Limited Global Entry Pilot for Certain Citizens of the United Kingdom
    
        In the August 9, 2013 notice referenced in the previous section, 
    CBP also announced a limited Global Entry pilot program allowing a 
    limited number of British citizens who frequently travel to the United 
    States to apply for participation in Global Entry. During this limited 
    pilot, certain British citizens who were identified as potential 
    participants in the pilot program, received a promotional code from a 
    British airline carrier, the U.S. Embassy, or CBP to use during the 
    application process. These applicants were required to obtain a police 
    certificate to be presented to a CBP officer at the time of the Global 
    Entry interview to demonstrate that they had no criminal history. The 
    United States and the United Kingdom limited the number of British 
    citizens who could apply for Global Entry to allow for the development 
    of the program's infrastructure. The notice stated that CBP expected to 
    be able to expand eligibility to include all British citizens in the 
    near future and that such an expansion would be announced by notice in 
    the Federal Register and on http://www.globalentry.gov.
    Expansion of Global Entry Program To Include All Citizens of the United 
    Kingdom
        This document announces that pursuant to the Joint Declaration 
    signed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP, and the United 
    Kingdom Home Office, United Kingdom Border Agency of Great Britain and 
    Northern Ireland (United Kingdom Border Agency) on June 24, 2008, CBP 
    is expanding Global Entry eligibility to include all British citizens 
    in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth below. As a 
    result, CBP is concluding the limited pilot program. All pilot 
    participants will continue their Global Entry membership for the 
    initial five-year membership period. If pilot participants want to 
    renew their membership when their initial Global Entry membership 
    expires, the renewal will be subject to the terms and conditions set 
    forth below.
        Any British citizen with a valid United Kingdom passport 
    documenting his or her British citizenship may apply for Global Entry. 
    The terms ``citizens of the United Kingdom'' as used in the Joint 
    Statement and ``British citizen'' as used in this notice refer to 
    citizens of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
    
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        Before a British citizen can apply for Global Entry, he or she must 
    first register to apply through the United Kingdom Home Office Web 
    site, www.gov.uk. The United Kingdom charges a non-refundable [pound]42 
    processing fee for registering to apply for Global Entry. This 
    processing fee is collected by the United Kingdom to process the 
    applicant's background check. After the applicant is thoroughly vetted 
    for Global Entry by the United Kingdom Border Agency, the applicant 
    will receive a UK Access Code from the United Kingdom to use to apply 
    for Global Entry.\2\
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        \2\ Unlike in the pilot, a British citizen does not have to 
    obtain a police certificate to present to the CBP officer at the 
    time of the Global Entry interview.
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        To apply for Global Entry, the applicant will be required to 
    complete the online application located on the GOES Web site, pay the 
    non-refundable Global Entry fee, and satisfy all the requirements of 
    Global Entry. During the application process, the applicant will also 
    be required to enter the UK Access Code on the GOES Web site. If an 
    applicant is not vetted by the United Kingdom and does not have a UK 
    Access Code prior to applying to Global Entry, the Global Entry 
    application will not be accepted. The applicant will be permitted to 
    participate in Global Entry only upon successful completion of a risk 
    assessment by CBP and completion of an interview with a CBP officer.\3\ 
    CBP will notify the applicant whether or not he or she has been 
    accepted in the Global Entry program.
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        \3\ The vetting criteria to be used by both the United Kingdom 
    Border Agency and CBP were mutually agreed upon by both agencies and 
    are consistent with each agency's applicable domestic laws and 
    policies.
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        Applicants may be denied enrollment in the Global Entry program for 
    various reasons. The eligibility criteria are set forth in detail in 
    the Global Entry final rule and 8 CFR 235.12. See also http://www.globalentry.gov.
    
    U.S. Citizens' Participation in Registered Traveller
    
        Certain U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older have the 
    option to enroll in Registered Traveller, a registered traveler program 
    in the United Kingdom that provides expedited entry into the country 
    via ePassport gates at border control. An ePassport is required for 
    Registered Traveller for use at these ePassport gates. A U.S. citizen 
    does not have to be a member of a CBP trusted traveler program to apply 
    for Registered Traveller. However, a U.S. citizen must meet specific 
    visa and/or travel qualifications to be eligible to apply for 
    Registered Traveller.
        Eligible U.S. applicants may apply for Registered Traveller on the 
    United Kingdom Web site. U.S. applicants must register for Registered 
    Traveller directly with the British Government and undergo a background 
    check. There is a fee associated with Registered Traveller. The 
    applicant will be notified by the United Kingdom about whether he or 
    she is approved for Registered Traveller. More information about 
    Registered Traveller, including the eligibility criteria and how to 
    apply, is available at www.gov.uk.
    
        Dated: July 6, 2016.
    Todd C. Owen,
     Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2016-16435 Filed 7-11-16; 8:45 am]
     BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    
    
    
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