United States/United Kingdom: UK citizens may enroll in Global Entry at US Embassy in London

The United States Embassy in London is opening an enrollment center for a 60-day period for U.K. citizens applying for the Global Entry program. The trusted traveler program allows preapproved, low-risk travelers to avoid long immigration queues at participating airports and use automated kiosks instead. Global Entry interviews are normally only available at enrollment centers that are primarily located at U.S. airports.

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Key dates and details:

  • The London location will be open for Global Entry interviews during a 60-day period beginning Sept. 26.
  • Interviews must be prebooked and slots will only be available Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
  • Applicants who have been conditionally approved may now schedule an interview at the London location by going to the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website.
  • Applicants who have not yet applied must first apply through the U.K. Home Office website and receive a U.K. access code before applying on the U.S. GOES website. If the application is conditionally approved, they may then schedule an interview with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who will make a final decision.

Background: The U.K. was added to the Global Entry program in December. Members benefit from expedited clearance at 49 U.S. airports. The U.K. Home Office application fee is £42, and the U.S. government fee is $100 for a five-year membership.

Under a reciprocal agreement, U.S. citizens who are frequent travelers to the U.K. are eligible to apply for the U.K.’s Registered Traveller program, which allows members to use automated gates in the U.K. The U.K. government application fee is £70 with an additional £50 per year thereafter.

BAL Analysis: During the temporary enrollment period, London will be a convenient location for U.K. applicants. Individuals wishing to attend their interview in London are encouraged to schedule their appointments as soon as possible for the popular program.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact uk@balglobal.com.

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