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Singaporeans can apply for Global Entry, but be prepared to wait

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks Global Entry, I assume the question is rhetorical.

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peterlo33
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peterlo33

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

peterlo33
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Apparently I found it on another website – seems to be 5 years. http://petergreenberg.com/2013/08/20/global-entry-vs-tsa-pre-check-which-is-worth-it/

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ntuleslie79

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

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

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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.

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I travelled to the US this month with Global Entry and it was well worth having this. Entered the US at LAX and Global Entry line was somewhat faster than having APEC card, so you can save a few minutes here. The greatest benefit was traveling domestically and having TSA Precheck * (automatically part of Global Entry) where you can go through screening without having to remove shoes and laptops/tablets … generally going through much shorter lines and saving a lot of time and hassle. * When checking in, you need to inform your check-in agent of your known traveller… Read more »