23 April 2009
[Federal Register: April 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 77)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
[Docket No. USCBP-2006-0037]
Expansion of Global Entry Pilot Program
AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland
ACTION: General notice.
SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently
conducting an international trusted traveler pilot program, referred to
as Global Entry, at seven U.S. airports. This document announces that
pursuant to an arrangement between the United States and the
Netherlands, CBP is expanding eligibility for participation in the
Global Entry pilot to include citizens of the Netherlands who
participate in Privium, an expedited travel program in the Netherlands,
and who otherwise satisfy the requirements for participation in Global
Entry. Currently, eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S.
nationals, and U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Pursuant to this
same arrangement, U.S. citizens who participate in the Global Entry
pilot will have the option to also apply for participation in Privium.
DATES: Effective Dates: Applications for the Global Entry pilot are
being accepted from U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. lawful
permanent residents and will be accepted for the duration of the pilot.
The expansion of eligibility to qualified citizens of the Netherlands
will occur on April 23, 2009. Applications will be accepted from
qualified citizens of the Netherlands beginning April 23, 2009.
Comments concerning this notice and all aspects of the announced pilot
may also be submitted throughout the duration of the Global Entry
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``USCBP-2006-0037,''
by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Border Security Regulations Branch, Regulations and
Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, Mint Annex, 799 9th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20229.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency
name, document title, and docket number (USCBP-2006-0037) for this
notice. All comments received will be posted without change to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received go to http://www.regulations.gov. Submitted comments
may also be inspected during regular business days between the hours of
9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Office of Regulations and Rulings, Office
of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th
Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC. Arrangements to inspect
submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Mr. Joseph
Clark at (202) 325-0118.
Applications for the Global Entry pilot are available through the
Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) at http://www.globalentry.gov.
Applications must be completed and submitted electronically.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fiorella Michelucci, Office of Field
Operations, (202) 344-2564.
In a notice published in the Federal Register (73 FR 19861) on
April 11, 2008, CBP announced an international trusted traveler pilot
program, then referred to as International Registered Traveler (IRT)
program, which was scheduled to commence operations at three initial
U.S. airports on June 10, 2008. In a subsequent notice published in the
Federal Register (73 FR 30416) on May 27, 2008, CBP changed the name of
the pilot program from IRT to Global Entry and moved up the starting
date to June 6, 2008.
The Global Entry pilot program allows for the expedited clearance
of pre-approved, low-risk travelers into the United States. The initial
Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2008 contained a
detailed description of the program, the eligibility criteria and the
application and selection process, and the initial airport locations:
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York, Terminal 4
(JFK); the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas (IAH);
and the Washington Dulles International Airport, Sterling, Virginia
(IAD). CBP chose these initial airports due to the large numbers of
travelers that arrive at those locations from outside the United
On August 13, 2008, in a notice published in the Federal Register
(73 FR 47204), CBP announced that the pilot had expanded to include all
terminals at JFK and four additional airports: Los Angeles
International Airport, Los Angeles, California (LAX); Hartsfield-
Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Chicago
O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois (ORD); and Miami
International Airport, Miami, Florida (MIA).
The Global Entry pilot project allows pilot participants expedited
entry into the United States at any of the designated airport locations
by using automated kiosks located in the Federal Inspection Services
(FIS) area of each airport. Global Entry uses fingerprint biometrics
technology to verify a participant's identity and confirm his or her
status as a participant.
After arriving at the FIS area, participants proceed directly to
the Global Entry kiosk. A sticker affixed to the participant's passport
at the time of acceptance in Global Entry will provide visual
identification that the individual can be referred to the kiosk. Global
Entry participants need not wait in the regular passport control
primary inspection lines.
After arriving at the kiosk, participants activate the system by
inserting into the document reader either a machine-readable passport
or a machine-readable U.S. permanent resident card. On-screen
instructions guide participants to provide fingerprints electronically.
These fingerprints are compared with the fingerprint biometrics on file
to validate identity and confirm that the individual is a member of the
program. Participants are also prompted to look at the camera for a
digital photograph and to respond to several customs declaration
questions by use of a touch-screen.
When the procedures at the kiosk have been successfully completed,
participants are issued a transaction receipt. This receipt must be
provided along with the passport or permanent resident card to the CBP
Officer at the exit control area who will examine and inspect these
documents. CBP Officers stationed in booths next to the kiosk lanes
also oversee activities at the kiosk.
When using the Global Entry kiosks, Global Entry participants are
required to declare all articles being brought into the U.S. pursuant
to 19 CFR 148.11.
If a Global Entry participant declares any of the following, the
kiosk redirects that user to the head of the line at the nearest, open
passport control, primary inspection station:
(a) Commercial merchandise or commercial samples, or items that
exceed the applicable personal exemption amount;
(b) More than $10,000 in currency or other monetary instruments
(checks, money orders, etc.), or foreign equivalent in any form; or
(c) Restricted/prohibited goods, such as agricultural products,
firearms, mace, pepper spray, endangered animals, birds, narcotics,
fireworks, Cuban goods, and plants.
Global Entry participants may also be subject to further
examination and inspection as determined by CBP Officers at any time
during the arrival process.
For a more detailed description of the Global Entry pilot program,
please refer to the April 11, 2008 Federal Register notice, 73 FR
Eligibility criteria for participation in the Global Entry pilot
are set forth in detail in the April 11, 2008 Federal Register notice.
To date, only U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. LPRs are eligible
to participate in the pilot. However, as explained in the April 11,
2008 Federal Register notice, CBP is working with other countries to
recognize comparable programs operated by these countries and, as these
arrangements are finalized, CBP will expand its eligibility criteria.
The notice stated that such expansions of the pilot would be announced
by publication in the Federal Register.
Expansion of Global Entry to Certain Citizens of the Netherlands
The United States has entered into an arrangement with the
Netherlands concerning Global Entry. Pursuant to this arrangement, CBP
is expanding eligibility for the Global Entry pilot. Specifically,
citizens of the Netherlands who participate in Privium, an expedited
travel program in the Netherlands, will now be able to apply for
participation in the Global Entry pilot. In order to participate, these
citizens of the Netherlands will be required to complete the on-line
application, pay the non-refundable $100 per person applicant
processing fee, and satisfy all the requirements of the Global Entry
pilot. Based on the terms of the arrangement reached with the
Government of the Netherlands, these citizens will be permitted to
participate in the Global Entry pilot only upon successful completion
of a thorough risk assessment by both U.S. Customs and Border
Protection and the Government of the Netherlands.
No person who is inadmissible to the United States under U.S.
immigration law is eligible to participate in the Global Entry pilot.
Applications from such individuals will automatically be rejected.
Applications for the Global Entry pilot may also be rejected if the
applicant has ever been convicted of a criminal offense, or the
individual has ever been found in violation of the customs or
immigration laws of the United States, or of any criminal law.
Additionally, no applicant will be accepted for participation in the
Global Entry pilot if CBP determines that the individual presents a
potential risk for terrorism, criminality or smuggling, or if CBP
cannot sufficiently determine that the applicant meets all the program
eligibility criteria. CBP will be accepting applications from eligible
citizens of the Netherlands beginning April 23, 2009. Additional
information on eligibility will be announced at http://
The Netherlands is also a participant in the Visa Waiver Program
(VWP). The VWP enables citizens and nationals from participating
countries to travel to and enter the United States for business or
pleasure purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.\1\ VWP
travelers are now required to obtain a travel authorization via ESTA
(Electronic System for Travel Authorization) prior to traveling to the
United States under the VWP. ESTA is accessible online at https://
esta.cbp.dhs.gov. The ESTA requirements will continue to be applicable
to Global Entry applicants who are VWP travelers. Global Entry
applicants from the Netherlands who wish to travel to the United States
under the VWP who have not already received a travel authorization via
ESTA will be able to do so as part of the Global Entry application and
enrollment process. During the Global Entry enrollment and interview
phase the applicant will be asked whether he or she is in possession of
an ESTA authorization number. If not in possession of an ESTA
authorization number, the applicant will be asked questions from which
it can be determined whether the applicant is VWP-eligible, and a
determination regarding ESTA authorization will be made.
\1\ Section 7208 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004 (IRPTA), 118 Stat. 3638, as amended by
section 565 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, 121 Stat.
1844, codified at 8 U.S.C. 1365b, directs the Secretary to establish
an international registered traveler program in coordination with
US-VISIT, other prescreening initiatives, and the Visa Waiver
Program. See 8 U.S.C. 1365b(k)(3).
All other aspects of the program as described in the April 11, 2008
notice are still in effect.
U.S. Citizen Participation in Privium
Pursuant to the reciprocal arrangement with the Government of the
Netherlands, U.S. citizens who participate in the Global Entry pilot
will have the option to also apply for participation in Privium.
Privium is an automated border passage system in the Netherlands that
provides expedited entry and exit at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It
uses iris scans to provide quick and secure biometric confirmation of a
traveler's identity. Enrollment includes an eligibility assessment by
the Dutch border police. Upon a positive determination of eligibility,
pictures of each iris are taken and stored on a personalized smart
card. Upon entry and exit, Privium members place their Privium smart
card into a reader and a passport validity check is performed with the
Dutch authorities and valid membership is verified. The individual's
iris information is then compared against the iris information stored
on the card. This border passage process takes approximately twelve
Additional fees and information sharing beyond CBP's Global Entry
requirements are needed for U.S. citizens who wish to participate in
Privium through Global Entry. If approved, U.S. citizens would be able
to take advantage of expedited travel into, and out of, the Netherlands
at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. More information about how to apply for
Privium membership is available at http://www.globalentry.gov.
Dated: April 16, 2009.
Susan T. Mitchell,
Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
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