Best case scenario you’re looking at two minutes instead of two hours for re-entry
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
It has arrived! Many international travelers seeking re-entry to the United States by way of Austin, Texas (and other major cities) are now eligible to apply for the new Global Entry program sponsored by the US government. The Passport and Visa Company can help qualifying travelers apply for the time-saving program starting now.
How much time will the program save travelers? “Best case scenario you’re looking at two minutes instead of two hours for re-entry,” says Pauline Salzer, International Document Specialist for The Passport and Visa Company. Members of the Global Entry program can scan travel credentials via a kiosk, rather than waiting to appear before a Customs Official.
Additional benefits include expedited check-in for participating airlines. “We expect widespread adoption of the program over the next few years, with more airports and airlines competing to offer expedited travel services,” says Richard Mendez, Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A Global Entry Pass is good for five years and costs $100. The application must be submitted online for conditional approval, followed by a scheduled in-person interview. For Austin travelers, the interview and enrollment center is located at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Once approved, your Global Entry Card number is associated to your current passport and will work for expedited re-entry and accelerated departure where available.
All US citizens and permanent residency card holders are eligible to apply. Applicants to the Global Entry program must have a valid passport, and a secondary form of government-issued identification is recommended. Full applications details are available here.
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The Passport and Visa Company is a privately registered company with the U.S. State Department Passport Agencies, Consulates, and Embassies throughout the United States and provides expedited passports and visas. with locations in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Texas, as well as Denver, Colorado. Austin passport services include passport photos, new passports, passport renewals, Lost/Stolen, and child passports. Expedited Travel Visas are available for most international destinations.