GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the expansion of the Global Entry Program to the Port of Grand Portage, Minnesota.
Effective June 1, 2014 the hours of operation for the Global Entry Enrollment Center in Grand Portage, Minnesota, will be on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p. m., CDT.
Global Entry is a voluntary expedited clearance initiative for pre-approved low risk international travelers, who are processed by biometric identification using a designated kiosk, rather than waiting in line for entry processing by a CBP officer when entering the U. S. at a participating CBP airport. Interested individuals must apply online, undergo a background investigation and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. If no disqualifying information is found, travelers receive the benefit of expedited processing. The $100 application fee allows for five years of membership and travelers can use nearly 300 kiosks located at 34 U.S. airports and 10 preclearance locations in Canada and Ireland.
Global Entry also provides access to the TSA Pre✓™ initiative which offers expedited screening through domestic airport security checkpoints. Benefits of TSA Pre✓™ include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, and not having to remove laptops from carrying cases.
Utilizing technology and automation, Global Entry is an important element to CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy which intends to maximize existing resources, identify staffing needs, and explore funding sources to support identified staffing needs.
For more information please visit Global Entry web pages.