Newland Chase | United States: Brazil fully added to the Global Entry program

February 14, 2022

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that Brazil has been fully added to the US Global Entry program.

What is the Global Entry program?

Designed to provide expedited entry clearance to “pre-approved, low-risk travelers” upon arrival in the United States, the Global Entry program allows pre-screened travelers to avoid long lines and paperwork at most major international airports. Global Entry members are also eligible for the TSA Precheck program.

With this announcement, Brazil joins 12 other countries that have access to the program: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom. Note that Canadian citizens are eligible for Global Entry program benefits by joining the NEXUS program.

Eligibility and Application Process for Brazilian Citizens

Effective immediately, Brazilian citizens can apply for Global Entry unless they meet one of the following ineligibility criteria:

  • Provide false or incomplete information on the request;
  • Have been convicted of a criminal offense or have pending criminal charges or pending warrants (including driving under the influence);
  • Have been found in violation of any customs, immigration or agricultural regulations or laws in any country;
  • are the subject of an ongoing investigation by a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency;
  • Are inadmissible to the United States under immigration regulations, including applicants with approved inadmissibility waivers or parole documents; Where
  • Cannot convince CBP of its low-risk status.

Eligible applicants will need to complete the following steps to apply for the program:

  1. Apply online through CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website – applicant will be required to pay the $100 non-refundable application fee as part of this application.
  2. Schedule an interview – once the application has been reviewed, travelers will receive a message in their TTP account asking them to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry enrollment centers. If the individual is unable to schedule an in-person interview, they may choose to use the Register on Arrival (EoA) option which is immediately available upon entering the United States from a country international. Additional information about EoA is available here.
  3. In-person eligibility interview – a US CBP officer will ask the applicant questions, verify their documentation, and take their biometrics (photograph and fingerprints). Applicants must provide identification with their valid passport(s) and another form of government-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license or ID card) when checking in. this interview. Legal permanent residents of Brazil will also need to present their permanent resident card.

If approved, membership will be valid for five (5) years and renewable online via the TTP website.

It is important to note that membership in the Global Entry program does not not modify the visa requirements for these travellers. Currently, all Brazilians require a visa to visit and enter the United States, unless they are tourists with eligible dual citizenship (and entering using their non-Brazilian passport).

Additionally, Global Entry members who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States must maintain up-to-date visa information with CBP. If a member of Global Entry obtains a new visa or obtains a new passport, the member must make a in person notification to CBP at a Global Entry enrollment center. If visa information is incomplete or not properly updated with CBP, the Global Entry kiosk may incorrectly calculate the member’s admission class and admission date.

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Global Entry-approved Brazilian members will enjoy faster entry processing upon arrival in the United States, which will be of particular benefit to Brazilian tourists and business travelers who frequently travel to the United States.

However, as mentioned above, joining the Global Entry program does not remove the requirement for Brazilian citizens to hold a valid US visa before entering the country. This remains a significant challenge for first-time applicants, as visa wait times at US consulates across Brazil remain extremely high (in some locations, wait times have reached nearly 300 days).

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your dedicated Newland Chase contact or submit a request here if you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and does not replace legal or scenario-specific advice. Also, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to contact Newland Case for any case or company specific assessments.

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