New York - For the first time in nearly forty years, CBP officers returned to the historic Custom House at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan to open the first satellite Global Entry enrollment center serving the greater New York City area.
This satellite office allows potential enrollees to the Global Entry program to conduct their enrollment process at the historic Custom House on lower Broadway in addition to John F. Kennedy International or Newark Liberty International Airports.
"The opening of this Global Entry enrollment center marks a significant event in the history of U. S. Customs and Border Protection; first it establishes the return of a uniformed officer presence to the historic Custom House. Second, it provides a better and more convenient location for the community to enroll into the Global Entry program," said Robert E. Perez, CBP director of field operations in New York.
This office will be staffed by officers from JFK and Newark Liberty International on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the opening of the new Global Entry enrollment center on Nov. 1, they have been processing approximately 10 applicants per day. The Global Entry enrollment center has a kiosk for enrollees to use in order to become familiar with the Global Entry process.
The historic building now known as the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House was completed in 1907 and had a uniformed presence there until 1973. In August of that year, the former agency under the U.S. Department of Treasury moved to Six World Trade Center.
Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the U.S. by using automated kiosks located at select airports.
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.