Thinking of enrolling in Global Entry? (Assuming your state isn’t blacklisted, of course.)
Settle in: you may wait a long time for your application to be approved. (And that’s before the in-person interview.)
Or you may be approved within a day.
Global Entry application approval times are all sorts of wonky right now.
Here are some data points for you to consider.
Last Summer: CBP Closed Offices
A friend of mine applied for Global Entry last summer. She used the Global Entry application fee credit from my IHG Premier Rewards Club MasterCard.
She was conditionally approved — meaning the only step left was to interview at a Global Entry office. She was so excited to get Global Entry before leaving on a couple of international trips.
Then she received this email.
That seems like when everything started to go downhill with Global Entry applications.
(She texted me last night: “I’ve scheduled about 5 or 6 appointments but they have cancelled every single one.”)
Three Applications, Two Different Results
Because my wife and I have Global Entry credit available across several cards, we gift the perk to friends and family. Here are some recent data points.
I gifted my Chase Sapphire Reserve‘s Global Entry credit to my friend Rick. He applied for Global Entry on November 9, 2019.
As of today, he still hasn’t received conditional approval.
Family member Mallory used the credit from my personal Delta Reserve card.
She applied on February 4, 2020 — and received conditional approval on February 10. However, the soonest available appointment at her home airport isn’t until August.
Mallory’s husband, Julio, also applied for Global Entry on February 4. He paid the fee with my personal Delta Platinum Amex card. As of today, he hasn’t been approved.
Other Applicants’ Wait Times
FlyerTalk has a thread devoted to Global Entry approval times.
This user’s waited for five months. Their husband, meanwhile, was approved in 12 hours.
Hechi Sun says, “I applied on 08/21/19 and still pending to date 03/06/20. However, my wife applied on 01/30/20 and got [conditionally approved] in two days on 02/01/20.”
This user applied in late July — and received conditional approval last week.
But then here’s another two-day success story.
User Kelly Burton suggests sexism is at play, writing “my spouse and I applied same night his was approved in days and here I am a month later still waiting as well.” I don’t think that’s the case. Remember that in my above examples, Mallory was conditionally approved — and both dudes are still waiting.
Here’s What Happened When We Asked a CBP Officer
Rick and I returned to LAX a couple of weeks ago, following a mileage run to London.
We asked the CBP officer manning the “Global Entry Interview Upon Arrival” cubicle at the Tom Bradley International Terminal if he could check on Rick’s application.
“Your application is still very new,” the officer explained.
“Even though he applied in November and it’s March?” I asked.
“Yep,” said the officer. “Wait another three or four months or so.”
Renewal Data Points
FWIW, both my wife and I applied for Global Entry renewals last year and paid with our Platinum Card from American Express. Our approvals were successfully processed within about four weeks each.
What’s Your Experience?
Did you recently apply for Global Entry? Or know someone who did? How about renewals? Please share your experience in the below Comments section!
Featured image: Global Entry and APC Kiosks, located at international airports across the nation, streamline the passenger’s entry into the United States. Photo by James Tourtellotte
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