Description: In the article which centers on global entry login, the author talks about his recent Global Entry interview experience and what you can expect from a Global Entry application process. It is a perk that comes with Tier four or premium credit cards and some tier three credit cards.
This is Credit Shifu here, today we are going to be talking about Global Entry and what you can expect from a Global Entry application process, it is a perk that comes with Tier four or premium credit cards, some tier three credit cards like the new IHE premier card also have this perk card with around $100 fee.
You can also pay for the perk directly from US Customs and Border Protection, it costs $100, but with those cards that have the perk as part of their benefits, they refund the annual fee, so you have to pay it first with your card, then they’ll refund it.
What does it enable you to do? It is a program run by US Customs and Border Protection where instead of going through the regular passport control, you can go to an automated kiosk, put your fingerprints and scan your passport, it will let you in without having to go line up with everyone else and talk to a customs agent.
We’re showing you on screen some of the cheesy video on their website that they use to promote it. Global Entry members also use self-service kiosks but they must undergo a background screening and interview and pay a one-time $100 fee.
If you have Global Entry, you’re also eligible for TSA PreCheck. Global Entry members enjoy TSA PreCheck benefits. TSA PreCheck includes expedited security at checkpoints nationwide including domestic flights. When you get Global Entry, you’ll be given a trusted traveler ID, you can use that number when you book flights, you can then get TSA PreCheck with your flight, you can go through security through the quick TSA PreCheck Lane at airports when you’re departing in the United States.
How do you get this? If you’ve got one of these premium credit cards or what we call tier 4 credit cards, you can go on the website, I’m using the example of Chase Sapphire Reserve because this is the one I have and that’s what I applied through.
If you go to your ultimate rewards page and the Sapphire Reserve section, you get a card benefit, you’ll come to this screen where you have some benefits, it’ll say Global Entry or TSA pre, you can buy TSE pre as well, it’s eighty five dollars, but Global Entry includes TSA pre.
You might as well go straight for Global Entry, it is hundred dollars in value, it includes TSA PreCheck, you click through Global Entry, it takes you to this website, this is what the website looks like in case you are one of those people without a premium credit card.
With the benefit you need to pay the hundred dollars and apply for it for yourself, you Google it, there may be some scams out there from time to time, someone wants to make a website that looks the same and harvest your information, take a look at what the website looks like.
You can see the URL, this is the one that chase sent me tourist, it has some chase stuff at the end of it, you can see the URL on-screen, that is the direct link to it, on this website you’re going to input a lot of personal information like your passport number, countries you visited, what your profession is and who you work for.
Once you submit your application, you have to wait to schedule an interview, then they’re running your name through various databases, it’s a trusted traveler program, they have to check you out, that’s the whole idea of it, they run you through various databases.
If they’re happy with you, you will get an email a couple of weeks later, it took me about two weeks, they say that you’re now ready to schedule an interview, you schedule your interview yourself, they do not give you a time and place for the interview.
You go on their website again, log in with your login, there will be an option to schedule an interview, you have to pick the interview center, you can pick the time too, I did my interview at New York Airport, one of the worst airports in the United States, home of the art Lounge is one of the worst lounges in the United States.
I did it at 9 p.m. on a Saturday evening, they have interviews way early in the morning like 6:30 a.m. and way late at night like up till 10:00, so I pick 9:30, it was quiet when I went there, there was not even one other person waiting.
I went in and I talked to the Border Protection agent, what they’re going to do is that they will take your fingerprints, they’ll take a picture of you in this interview, they will ask you very few questions, I was reading some things online, the questions normally are limited to what your profession is, who you work for, why you want to apply for Global Entry, whether you have been arrested and whether you have had problems entering the United States.
That’s normally the kind of realm that they limit it to, they asked me a couple of questions at the beginning like do you go frequently on business? I told him that I used to go a lot to Taiwan, then he asked me one more question, what does generations media do?
Generations media is my company that owns this YouTube channel and another YouTube channel called generation tech which is like a Star Wars fan theory Channel, so I talked about YouTube, I talked about credit cards and I talked about Star Wars.
He was into Star Wars, he talked to me for five minutes about Star Wars saying like why they chose to make a standalone Han Solo movie, a movie about obi-wan Kenobi or Yoda would be much better, it is as basic as a five-minute conversation about Star Wars, that was my global entry interview.
That may not be typical, I read some forums online, I was reading an article on the Thrillist about Global Entry, once your interview is scheduled and you turn up your interview, you have been approved already, they’re doing their final check.
When you go for your interview, don’t be nervous because you’re almost got it, they’ve scanned your name on various black lists, they’re willing to give it to you, they want to do a final check, so when you go there, be very calm, relax and tell the truth, you should be fine.
Apparently they sometimes are a little bit intimidating, Customs and Border Protection Agency’s people can be like that sometimes, obviously the one I had was very nice, after you pass your interview, they will send you an email later on.
They’re going to send you a Global Entry card, the card isn’t needed for entering the United States at airports, you use your passport or if you are permanent resident like me, you use your green card, you scan that in the booth, however for the Global Entry card you can use Nexus lanes when entering Canada by land, Nexus card is another Canadian card.
This is a little rundown of how to apply for Global Entry and what to expect from it, if you have one of those tier four cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, don’t forget that you have this perk, it’s easy to forget about it, but you might as well apply for it, it doesn’t cost you anything, it gives you an added benefit.
Go through the website to make sure that you get it refunded, apparently Amex platinum will refund it even if you don’t go through their link, but I’m not so sure with the other cards, as always leave your thoughts below, if you’ve applied for Global Entry and had a different experience, please tell us about it.
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