GULFPORT, Miss. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will open a Global Entry enrollment center at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on January 11, 2017. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants can begin scheduling interviews for the Gulfport-Biloxi Enrollment Center on the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website.
Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
"There is enormous demand for the Global Entry trusted traveler program,” said Steven Stavinoha, Director of Field Operations. “CBP wants to make it as convenient as possible for those hoping to join the Trusted Traveler ranks to be able to finalize their application process in a relatively close location, so they can start enjoying expedited processing benefits.”
Currently, the New Orleans Global Entry Enrollment Center is the nearest location for residents in Mississippi and Alabama.
The enrollment center located at 14035-L Airport Road in Gulfport initially will open on Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CBP officers will only interview Global Entry applicants with appointments.
Frequent travelers are encouraged to apply for Global Entry where members bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. Travelers scan their passport and fingerprints, answer customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit—the whole process takes only about one minute.
Currently available at 52 U.S. airports and 15 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the arrival process at airports for trusted travelers. The program has more than 3.6 million members enrolled, and CBP receives approximately 100,000 new applications for Global Entry each month. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited security program.
U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has reciprocal agreements, including Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use Global Entry. Persons under the age of 18 who meet the general eligibility criteria must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to apply.
Interested individuals may apply online at CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System. Applicants must possess a machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, pay a non-refundable $100 application fee, undergo a background investigation with fingerprint check, and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. Global Entry membership is good for five years.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.