A few weeks ago Tony and I started the process of enrolling in the trusted travel program through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).The program in intended to allow international travelers to move quickly through the customs process and is intended specifically for low risk travelers. While it was created with frequent international travelers in mind, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program.
Getting enrolled in the program was a pretty easy, 3 step process. First, we enrolled in the GOES program via their website and completed the online application. The cost to submit is $100 and covers a 5 year period. You need to have your passport number available to enter as part of the application process. Once the application is submitted, the government will review the information while a background investigation is conducted. As long as your background check goes through, you’ll receive an email to set up an in person interview with a US. Customs & Border Protection officer at an Enrollment Center in the U.S. before final approval is granted. At the interview, you’ll be asked some basic questions similar to what you answered on the initial application, the officer will photograph you, and he/she will take your fingerprints. Your fingerprints will be checked right then and there, and within a few minutes (as long as all comes back clear) you’ll be done — and you’ll officially be enrolled in the program.
We were both able to schedule our interviews quickly and were able to go to our local airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor, to complete the process. It took about an hour total — that includes parking and finding the office, and I was on my way. Well worth a faster time through security and customs in the future.
For more information on the program: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1035/~/global-entry-program—who-can-apply
FYI — the officer who helped me told me that United Airlines is going to be sending all of its employees for enrollment, so if you have a United hub in your area and are interested in enrolling, don’t wait. They’re expecting wait times to jump to 3 months in the Phoenix area!