The United States, like many other countries, has extensive rules and regulations on how they control the movements of people across its borders. In 2008, the (CBP) or the Customs and Border Protection Bureau, put a new experimental program in place that expedites the screening and processing of designated, low-risk international travelers.
Who Can Apply:
- U.S. citizens
- Lawful permanent residents and
- The United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- South Korea
But, why do some people get rejected for the Global Entry program? Here are 3 reasons why.
False or Incomplete Information
This application is on a Department of Homeland Security computer system so this means personal information should have no discrepancies in order for you to qualify. In some cases, people have changed their name due to marriage, divorce or some other circumstance and this new information isn’t matching with other documented records. Or, they leave off other information which someone views as not being straightforward and honest. The application must be completed, in its entirety, because there is a rigorous background check and interview before you are even enrolled. These background and security checks are conducted by law enforcement agencies, Citizenship and Immigration agencies and Customs and Border Protection agencies all around the world.
Conviction of certain crimes are definite disqualifiers in having your application approved. These violations include those relating to:
- Controlled substances, with some exceptions
- Multiple criminal convictions (other than purely political)
- Controlled drug trafficking
- Prostitution and commercialized vice
- Immunity from prosecution
- Human Trafficking
- Money Laundering
These are all for actual convictions but the CPB still checks for pending criminal charges and any outstanding warrants. The U.S. doesn’t deny entry to people with a “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) conviction but, for the Global Entry Program, this could be a rejection especially if there are multiple convictions for this charge. And sometimes, any other misdemeanors will cause a denial on your application form. If you do receive a conditional Global Entry approval and go in for an interview, just answer truthfully about whether or not you have ever been arrested. With a letter of disposition of your case stating you weren’t prosecuted for the offense or the charge was withdrawn, you just may still qualify.
Violation of Customs, Immigration or Agriculture Regulations
If you have ever brought forbidden goods or other merchandise across the border, this is a definite no-no and Customs officials have a list of “red flags” when they are checking your merchandise. They allow you to bring in some food however, such as fruits, meats or other agricultural products; it just depends on the region or country from which you are traveling. But here’s where the violations are happening. You must declare all of your food products when you are entering the country because failure to do so, can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties and cause you to get a rejection when you apply for the Global Entry Program at a later date. They also look for drugs, counterfeit goods and currency.
These are 3 of the top reasons why some people get rejected for the Global Entry Program when they apply. And, it is at the sole discretion of the CBP in determining whether or not an individual presents a potential risk. If you do want to appeal their decisions, however, you can provide additional information to support your case like a pardon, or you can show that there was erroneous information that caused this denial to happen. The Global Entry Program has many benefits, especially for the more frequent fliers. This is because you can just arrive in the United States, check-in at the kiosk and you’re on your way. But, at the end of the day, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau are still responsible for ensuring legitimate travel to provide security for all.
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