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Singaporeans can apply for Global Entry, but be prepared to wait (EDIT: New slots in Oct 16 available)

EDIT EDIT: I just got a mail from CBP informing me about a registration event in Singapore in October 2016. Grab slots now!

Dear Trusted Traveler members,

You now have an opportunity to schedule/reschedule for an earlier interview appointment at an upcoming CBP Trusted Traveler Enrollment event.

To register for this event, logon to your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES)  account and schedule your appointment online.

Select the interview location:   “Singapore International Chamber of Commerce”

This event is OPEN to All eligible CBP Trusted Traveler members conditionally approved for the Global Entry Program or/and the APEC Business Travel Card.

Date:               2016 October 24 – 26 (Mon-Wed) *

Time:               From 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Venue:             Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

6 Raffles Quay #10-01, Singapore 048580

*Please note: Depending on demand, more days may be added.

EDIT: Here’s a reply from the US Embassy in Singapore. Apparently there may be a bumper crop of interview slots in October 2016…

We are currently working on a Special Enrollment event, to bring CBP officers from US to Singapore to conduct Global Entry interviews for eligible members.  This event is jointly organized with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).  Tentatively, the event will be sometime in October 2016.   Once the event details are confirmed, the event location and appointment slots will be made available in GOES for scheduling and we would announce on the U.S. Embassy website immediately.

You may reschedule your appointment for your interview at the upcoming event in October. Or you may want to log in GOES every now and then, to check if there may be any cancellation of an appointment by other members at Singapore U.S. Embassy, or reschedule your interview at any other Global Entry  Enrollment Center in United States.

Please kindly note, the U.S. Embassy in Singapore is not an official Global Entry Enrollment Center.  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have their primary mission and duties to fulfill; they conduct interviews at the U.S. Embassy as an accommodation to eligible applicants i.e. U.S. citizens, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, eligible foreign nationals including Singaporeans.  Hence, the interview appointments are very limited at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, depending on officers’ schedule and usually on Wednesdays 9am – 12noon

On the 27th of June it was announced that Singapore was now part of the Global Entry program, which allows Singapore passport holders to use the special automated clearance kiosks when entering the USA.  Being part of the Global Entry program also allows Singaporeans to enroll for TSA precheck, which may be useful for you if you travel frequently around the USA.

I travel to the US about 2-3 times a year and any opportunity to avoid encounters with surly immigration officials is much appreciated. So I sprung on the opportunity to apply. It cost US$100 and made me list down every single country I had ever visited, but I figured it was worth it. About a week after filling out the form, I received an email notification inviting me to log into the portal and check the status. I was conditionally approved, which meant I had to schedule an interview to finalise the application.

The interview is only scheduled to last 15 minutes. Great! And you can interview in Singapore. What could be better? Well-

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. As of 27 July 2016, the earliest slot you can schedule a Global Entry interview in Singapore is 25 October 2017.

I have no idea how many resources they devote to doing this (interviews are only held on Wednesdays) but a 1 year wait time? Wow. Just wow.

However, it is also possible to interview at any Global Entry enrolment center around the world. Since I’m going to be in the US in September, I thought I’d be clever and try to schedule something in Chicago, New York or Washington. No luck- the earliest slots available were in October 2016.

To be honest the need for Global Entry is not yet super pressing for me because of my APEC Business Travel card that lets me skip immigration queues in the USA, but misanthropes like me relish every opportunity to avoid human contact so this is far from ideal.

As of right now I am scheduled to do my 15 minute Global Entry interview in October 2017. So if you’re thinking of applying for Global Entry, don’t get your hopes up for fast approval.

Thanks Global Entry, I assume the question is rhetorical.

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11 Comments on "Singaporeans can apply for Global Entry, but be prepared to wait (EDIT: New slots in Oct 16 available)"

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How long does it last you before you need to renew again? Can’t seem to locate it on that website.

Apparently I found it on another website – seems to be 5 years.

they just opened up the oct dates, when I tried to schedule my interview 2 weeks ago, only march 2017 dates are available

hey aaron, if you (touch wood) ever receive the infamous SSSSwedish Massage after you obtain TSA precheck, please do a review! 😀

I recently flew in to the States through DFW, and the customs clearance for those on ESTAs (like Singaporeans) was electronic. You go through a kiosk, enter your information and it gives you a slip which you can then give to someone at a counter. There was no queue. They had as many such kiosks at DFW as they had Global Entry kiosks

If they roll that out in other airports, Global Entry might become redundant.