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Low Risk Travelers & the Global Entry Program

The Global Entry program allows approved, “low risk” travelers to enjoy expedited clearance upon their arrival in the U.S. Thus, rather than having to pass through traditional customs screening, those with Global Entry status entered the United States using automatic kiosks, saving time (in many cases even hours) in line.

As part of the Global Entry application process, applicants undergo an extensive background check and as well as an in-person interview. Whether or not you will ultimately be granted global entry membership depends on whether or not you can satisfy the Customs and Border Patrol of your low-risk status. Past brushes with the law, even for minor offenses or arrests that occurred decades ago, may result in your application being denied. Moreover, unlike the TSA PreCheck regulations, which contain clear guidelines on what does and/or does not constitute a disqualifying offense, the Global Entry program does not. Thus, Customs and Border Patrol is given a great deal of discretion in determining whether to grant Global Entry membership.

Global Entry appeal lawyers Law have found that Global Entry denials are usually due to one or more of the following reasons:

  1. You provided false information on your Global Entry application and/or during your interview;
  2. You provided incomplete information on your Global Entry application and/or during your interview;
  3. You have a prior criminal arrest or conviction on your record;
  4. You were previously convicted of driving while under the influence;
  5. You currently have pending criminal charges;
  6. You have an outstanding warrant;
  7. You are the subject of an investigation by a law enforcement agency;
  8. You qualify as inadmissible to the U.S. pursuant to immigration regulations;
  9. You have an administrative customs violation on your record; and
  10. The “catch all” provision — you simply cannot demonstrate that your low-risk status.

If you were denied Global Entry membership for any of these reasons, you should immediately contact an experienced Global Entry appeal lawyer to discuss whether or not an appeal makes sense in your case. The Global Entry appeal attorneys at will work with you to find out why your application was denied and then prepare a persuasive appeal package on your behalf. If you have any questions about your Global Entry denial or revocation, contact us today for a free legal consultation.

About the Author

Brett O'Brien, Esq.
Brett O'Brien, Esq.

Brett O’Brien specializes in security clearance appeals. He has dedicated his career to learning the entire security clearance process from start to finish. He started his journey by working for the federal government before entering private practice. Learn more about Brett here.

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