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U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions About the Program

Q:

What is the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program?

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The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program is a voluntary program to  facilitate  travel for U.S. citizens engaged in verified business in the APEC region and U.S. government officials engaged in APEC business. Participants must also be members of a CBP trusted traveler program.  The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card will enable access to fast-track immigration lanes at airports in foreign APEC member economies. 

 

Q:

What is APEC and who are APEC members?

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APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, is an economic forum whose primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.  The United States is one of 21 APEC member economies, which include:  Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Program Benefits

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What benefits does the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card afford me?

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The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card will enable access to a dedicated fast-track lane for expedited immigration processing at participating foreign APEC member airports.  For a complete list of APEC Business Travel Card participating airports, visit www.businessmobility.org/key/ABTCArrangementsMarch2008.html.

U.S. APEC Business Travel Card holders may also use the Global Entry kiosks at participating airports upon their U.S. return.  View the list of airports with Global Entry kiosks.   

 

Eligibility for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card

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Am I eligible for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card?

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To be eligible for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program, you must meet three criteria:

  • you must be a U.S. citizen;

  • you must be an existing member in good standing or be approved for membership in a CBP trusted traveler program (SENTRI, NEXUS, or Global Entry) during the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card application process, , meaning they will go through a thorough vetting process including a review of all relevant national security and criminal databases prior to enrollment;

  • you must be either a verified business person, or a U.S. government official, who is actively engaged in APEC business. 

 

Q:

Who is a “verified business person” engaged in APEC business?

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A “verified business person” engaged in APEC business  means a person engaged in the trade of goods, the provision of services or the conduct of investment activities in the APEC region.  Professional athletes, news correspondents, entertainers, musicians, artists or persons engaged in similar occupations are not considered to be verified business travelers engaged in business in the APEC region when they are traveling in such a capacity. 

A “U.S. government official” means a U.S. government official performing U.S. government activities that support the work of APEC.

 

How Long is the Program Valid

Q:

When will the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program go into effect and how long will it run?

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CBP will begin accepting applications for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program when the program begins, which will be announced soon. Legislation authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to issue U.S. APEC Business Travel Cards only through Sept. 30, 2018, unless the law is amended to extend that date. 

 

Q:

How long will my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card be valid for?

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The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card is valid for three years from the date of issue, or until the expiration date of the card holder’s passport if this is earlier than three years.  The expiration date will appear on the card.

  • For example, if your passport will expire two years after your U.S. APEC Business Travel Card issue date, your travel card will also expire two years after the issue date.  If your passport will expire four years after your U.S. APEC Business Travel Card issue date, your U.S. APEC Business Travel Card will expire three years from the issue date. 

Q:

What happens if the expiration date for a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card is after Sept. 30, 2018?

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Even though DHS may not issue U.S. APEC Business Travel Cards after Sept. 30, 2018, cards issued before that date will be effective until their expiration date. For example, if you are issued a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card on Aug. 30, 2018, and the card’s expiration date is Aug. 30, 2021, you can use the card through Aug. 30, 2021, unless it is suspended or revoked by CBP before then.

 

Fees

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What is the fee for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card?

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The application fee for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card is $70.  The fee is non-refundable.  This fee is in addition to the fee for the selected CBP Trusted Traveler Program.

  • For example, a new applicant applying for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card with their Global Entry application would pay an application fee of $170.  This breaks down to $70 for the APEC Business Travel Card application and $100 for the Global Entry application.

 

Trusted Traveler Membership

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How do I apply for membership in SENTRI, NEXUS, or Global Entry?

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Apply for a CBP trusted traveler program on the Global Online Enrollment System, or GOES, website, https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov.  You also must schedule an enrollment center interview on GOES during the application process.  For more information about Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI go to the Trusted Traveler Programs page.

 

Applying for and Renewing the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card

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How do I apply for a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program?

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You must apply on the Global Online Enrollment System, or GOES, website, https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov.  This is the same website that is used to apply for CBP’s trusted traveler programs.  Check the box in GOES for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card. Then schedule a visit to any CBP trusted traveler enrollment center for an interview (if you are not already a CBP trusted traveler) and for electronic signature collection. 

However, if you are already a CBP trusted traveler, visit any CBP trusted traveler enrollment center for signature collection without an appointment. For the list of CBP enrollment centers, go to http://www.cbp.gov/global-entry/locations, http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/nexus/nexus-enrollment-centers, and http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/sentri/sentri-enrollment-centers.

 

Q:

Do I have to be a member of a CBP trusted traveler program to apply for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program?

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All applicants for a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card must be existing members in good standing of a CBP trusted traveler program or apply and be approved for membership in a CBP trusted traveler program during the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card application process.  An applicant for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card may be a member of any of three CBP trusted traveler programs: Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI , meaning they will go through a thorough vetting process including a review of all relevant national security and criminal databases prior to enrollment.  An individual may apply either for a CBP trusted traveler program in advance or when applying for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card. 

 

Q:

Is it more advantageous for me to apply for a CBP trusted traveler program in advance or when I submit the application for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card?

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Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. 

  • If you apply for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card program and the CBP trusted traveler program concurrently, then you have to visit the enrollment center only once for the CBP trusted traveler interview and for signature collection.  If you first apply for a CBP trusted traveler program, you will need two trips to an enrollment center, once for the interview and again for signature collection.

  • If you apply for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card and the CBP trusted traveler program concurrently, you will be required to pay the applicable fees for both programs when you submit the applications.  All application fees are non-refundable.  Since membership to a CBP trusted traveler program is a prerequisite for membership in the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card program, if you are denied CBP trusted traveler program membership, you would be also be denied a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card and no refunds are available.  This could be avoided if you applied first for a CBP trusted traveler program.

 

Q:

How do I renew my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card?

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To renew the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card, submit a new U.S. APEC Business Travel Card application, pay the program fee, and meet all the eligibility criteria, including maintaining active membership in one of the CBP trusted traveler programs (Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI). Unless the law is amended, you may not renew your U.S. APEC Business Travel Card after September 30, 2018.  As that date approaches, CBP will provide more information about timelines for renewing. 

 

Q:

Do I have to renew my CBP trusted traveler program membership if it is set to lapse prior to the expiration of my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card?

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Yes. CBP may revoke your U.S. APEC Business Travel Card if you fail to renew or maintain your CBP trusted traveler program membership.  

 

Q:

If I am already a member of a CBP trusted traveler program, do I still have to visit an enrollment center to complete my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card application?

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Yes, you must provide an electronic signature. You can schedule an appointment or arrive without an appointment at any CBP Trusted Traveler enrollment center.   

 

Q:

If I am a U.S. citizen living abroad, can I complete my interview in the country in which I reside?

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No.  Interviews and signature collection for the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card must be done at a CBP trusted traveler enrollment center and none are located outside of the United States and Canada.  See a list of all CBP enrollment centers for Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI.

 

Q:

How will I know when I am accepted into the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program and how will I receive my travel card?

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If you are accepted into the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program, CBP will update your GOES account to reflect the acceptance and will mail the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card to the mailing address that you provided on your application.  CBP will mail the card to U.S. or international addresses, but not to post office boxes. 

 

Traveling with the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card

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Can the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card be used in lieu of a visa in a foreign APEC member economy?

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No.  Foreign APEC member economies will not recognize the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card in lieu of a visa.  Card holders must present any travel or identity documentation, such as a passport and visa (where applicable), required by the foreign APEC member economy.  If a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card holder does not conform to the foreign economy’s visa, passport or entry requirements, the card holder may be directed to a non-expedited lane or refused entry.  Check the entry requirements of the destination APEC member economy before travel. 

 

Q:

Can I use my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card for personal travel, such as vacation?

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No. The APEC Business Travel Card is for members who travel frequently on short-term visits within the APEC region to fulfill business commitments. To use the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card, you must be traveling solely for business purposes to the foreign APEC economy.   

 

Q:

Is my spouse or child able to access the APEC lanes if they are traveling with me?

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No. The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card is not transferable and applicable only to the card holder. Access to APEC lanes will not be extended to anyone traveling with the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card holder.

 

Revoking or Suspending Membership

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In what situations will CBP revoke or suspend a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card program membership?

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A U.S. APEC Business Travel Card membership may be suspended or revoked if CBP determines that:

  • the individual provided false information in the application and/or during the application process;

  • the individual failed to follow the program’s terms, conditions and requirements;

  • the individual has been arrested or convicted of a crime or otherwise no longer meets the program eligibility criteria.

CBP can also revoke membership if the card holder is no longer a member of a CBP trusted traveler program.  A U.S. APEC Business Travel Card applicant or card holder who is denied, suspended, or removed will not receive an application fee refund. 

 

Q:

If my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card expires or I am no longer eligible for a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card, does this affect my membership in a CBP trusted traveler program?

A:

No.  You would still be considered a full participant in the CBP trusted traveler program for the remaining period of your membership.

 

Application or Membership Problems

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Who can I contact if my U.S. APEC Business Travel Card application or membership is suspended, denied, revoked or canceled?

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You may contact the CBP trusted traveler enrollment center where you interviewed or gave your signature, or write to :

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
P.O. Box 946
Williston, VT 05495
Attention: CBP Ombudsman