My last post described that certain citizens were now eligible for Global Entry in the USA. When I registered as a British Citizen it asked for a “promotional code”.
Over on Flyertalk, they've said that if you need a code you can get on from British Airways if you are a Gold member, or by emailing
Larry.Panetta@dhs.gov explaining that you are a UK citizen, travel to the USA a lot and require the code. [Edit: As of December 2013, new applications from UK citizens for Global Entry are no longer eligible. Please do not send Larry Panetta any emails]
So I tried emailing Larry and got an impressively swift reply:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the process of launching a pilot program with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA), which will allow invited UK citizens to apply for and participate in CBP’s Global Entry Program. Global Entry is a program operated by CBP to allow for the expedited clearance of pre-approved low-risk air travelers into the United States. This program, while maintaining the security of our borders, allows members to use automated kiosks at designated airports to bypass the regular Passport Control queues, and enter the United States without routine CBP questioning (unless chosen for a selective or random secondary referral). Global Entry was announced as a pilot program on April 11, 2008 and began operations on June 6, 2008. The program was made permanent on February 06, 2012, and has been expanded to a total of 34 Ports: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Dulles, Ft. Lauderdale, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, JFK, Las Vegas, LAX, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando, Orlando-Sanford, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Saipan, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Santa Ana, Seattle, and Tampa. Full program details can be found atwww.globalentry.gov.
CBP would like to invite you to participate in this pilot program. To apply, please go to the Global Entry web site (www.globalentry.gov) and click on the “Apply Now” button. In order to submit your application, you will need a promotional code. Your promotional code is [removed]. Please note that promotional codes are unique, and can only be used once. The code will expire on December 31, 2013, so you must apply before that date.
All applicants will undergo a rigorous background check and interview by a CBP officer before enrollment. Applicant data will also be shared with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) for vetting by the UKBA. Enrollment is not guaranteed and a non-refundable application fee of US $100 will apply. Due to data protection legislation, UK Citizens will be required to provide a “Police Certificate for Immigration Purposes” by the ACPO Criminal Records Office. Additional information on ACPO certificates can be found at http://acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx. The ACRO Disclosure Certificate will have to be obtained prior to applying online, as you will be required to enter the certificate number in the application (only the numbers). The ACRO Disclosure Certificate will also have to be presented to CBP at the time of the Global Entry interview. Only applicants with ACRO Disclosure Certificates that indicate “No Trace” will be considered for the pilot.
Global Entry Program Manager
Office of Field Operations
U. S. Customs and Border Protection
So not only do you get a code, it's also valid for another few months to allow you to plan your visit for the interview. Seems pretty reasonable to me!
[Update August 2015: It looks like the UK Government will make an announcement in early November 2015 about the re-launch of Global Entry for UK Citizens. See here for more details, and if you wish to be notified when it finally does open up, add a comment below making sure you put in your email address.]