My Global Entry was up for renewal this year. Rather than schedule an interview appointment and make an extra trip to the airport, I took advantage of the “Enrollment on Arrival” program to knock out my interview at San Francisco International Airpot.
What Is Enrollment on Arrival?
Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) is CBP program that allows Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved to complete their interviews upon arrival into the United States. The EoA program eliminates the need for a Global Entry applicant to schedule an interview at an enrollment center to complete the application process.
With appointments often difficult to obtain (especially now), taking advantage of an interview on arrival can save you time and hassle.
You can find a list of locations where this service is offered here.
To be clear, you cannot just show up an airport and apply for Global Entry. First apply online here. Once you are conditionally approved, then you can take advantage of the Enrollment on Arrival program.
My Enrollment on Arrival Experience
After arriving at SFO from Frankfurt earlier this month, I proceeded through Global Entry as I normally do. But rather than just exit to baggage claim, I went to the “Enrollment on Arrival” desk (located close to the where the inbound passengers are proceeded), where I found no wait to speak to an agent.
I told her that I was provisionally approved to renew my Global Entry and just needed to complete an interview. She gladly obliged, taking a fresh photograph and set of fingerprints and then going over all the countries I have visited over the last five years (that took quite some time, as you might imagine). She then confirmed my current address…and that was it.
10 minutes…and I’m good for another five years. A new physical card arrived in the mail less than a week after the interview.
Sorry I do not have any pictures, but numerous signs warning against photography prompted me to keep my mobile phone in my pocket…
The Enrollment on Arrival process was easy and highly recommended for those applying for Global Entry for the first time or renewing their existing membership. It saved me a lot of time and hassle!
image: U.S. Department of Homeland Security