GREAT FALLS, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations would like to announce two Global Entry enrollment workshops to be held by CBP at Great Falls International Airport and Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport. During these enrollment events, CBP will conduct interviews for conditionally approved Global Entry applicants.
The Global Entry workshop at the CBP office at the Great Falls International Airport will be held on March 28 and 29. The workshop will then move to the CBP office at the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport March 30 and 31. CBP will conduct interviews during the workshops between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Applicants who have received conditional approval will need to telephone the CBP office at the Great Falls International Airport at 406-453-0861 to schedule an appointment for either location. If calling between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment, dial extension 3 to speak to an officer. If you call before 8 a.m., or after 4 p.m., dial extension 9 to leave a voice message. Appointments generally take less than ½ hour.
Global Entry is a voluntary expedited clearance initiative for pre-vetted low-risk international travelers, who are processed by biometric identification using a designated kiosk, rather than waiting in line for entry processing by a CBP officer when entering the United States at a participating airport. The kiosks facilitate entry by reducing wait and processing times.
To become a conditionally approved Global Entry applicant, individuals must apply online, undergo a background investigation and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. If no disqualifying information is found, travelers receive the benefit of expedited processing. The $100 application fee allows for five years of membership and travelers can use nearly 300 kiosks located at 34 U.S. airports and 10 preclearance locations in Canada and Ireland.
“CBP’s goal for this enrollment event is to provide a convenient, easy-access, local venue for conditionally approved Global Entry applicants to complete the required interview with a CBP officer,” said Area Port of Great Falls Director Daniel Escobedo.
Travelers interested in applying for Global Entry need to apply online utilizing the Global Online Enrollment System GOES. With the enrollment event quickly approaching, any applicant wishing to take advantage of this opportunity, needs to start the application process immediately. CBP strongly suggest that applications are submitted no later than Feb. 28, as the application vetting process typically takes four to five weeks for conditional approval.
Global Entry also provides access to the TSA Pre✓™ initiative which offers expedited screening through domestic airport security checkpoints. Benefits of TSA Pre✓™ include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, and not having to remove laptops from carrying cases.
More information on CBP’s Global Entry Program can be found at Global Entry or by visiting the CBP homepage at www.cbp.gov.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.