Some in-person interviews to finalize Global Entry enrollment are being canceled as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents get reassigned to the southern border with Mexico amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on a surge of migrant crossings.
CBP spokeswoman Yolanda Choates told The Points Guy that staff at Global Entry enrollment centers was being reduced throughout the peak summer months to prioritize processing at the southern border.
“Regrettably, this situation has forced the cancellation of some scheduled appointments and may make it difficult to schedule an immediate interview at a Global Entry enrollment center,” Choates said.
The scope of these cancellations is unclear, and CBP has not said whether staffing at all enrollment centers nationwide will be affected.
These in-person interviews are the final step in getting signed up for Global Entry, the fast pass through immigration when returning to the U.S. from abroad. Depending on where you live, it can take months or more to secure an interview even during fully staffed periods.
For now, the best bet to finalize Global Entry registration is to use Enrollment on Arrival, a speedy interview after landing from your international flight back to the U.S. Check the list of nearly 50 participating airports where you can finish up Global Entry on arrival.
Thrifty Tip: More and more credit cards will cover the $100 application fee for Global Entry.
Don’t count on getting a Global Entry interview on the calendar anytime soon.
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