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Mexican Nationals Now Eligible for U.S. Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network

Houston Airport System
January 6, 2011

As a result of a new United States-Mexico bilateral agreement, Mexican nationals are now eligible to apply for Trusted Traveler of North America biometric border pass cards for rapid entry into the United States through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network.

This expansion comes after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican Ministry of the Interior Secretary Jose Francisco Blake Mora signed an agreement expressing their intent to develop a Global Entry International Trusted Traveler pilot program between the United States and Mexico.

As of December 29, 2010, CBP began accepting applications from Mexican nationals for the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network.

“We are proud to be a part of Global Entry and trust wholeheartedly the efforts of CBP to make international travel more convenient for our passengers,” said Mario C. Diaz, director of aviation for the Houston Airport System. “As a hub for the largest airline in the world, global travelers have a better experience when arriving or connecting through our great city by using Global Entry.”

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Houston offers passengers more Global Entry kiosks than any other airport in the country.

Global Entry allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at 20 participating airports, including George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Bush Intercontinental, in fact, currently offers the highest number of Global Entry kiosks in the nation with a total of 10 of them already in place at the airport’s 784,000 square foot Federal Inspection Services facility.

Five additional Global Entry kiosks will be installed on January 11, 2011 at IAH. Since the program’s inception in June 2008, Houston has maintained the highest number of Global Entry enrollments and kiosk usage in the nation. Before being pre-approved to participate in Global Entry, travelers must undergo an intense background check and interview process, as well as pay a $100 enrollment fee per person, which validates membership for five years, among various other requirements.

Individuals who have been charged of a criminal offense, charged with a customs or immigration offense, declared inadmissible to the United States under immigration legislation, provided false or incomplete information on their application, or who are subject to National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) requirements, among other factors, are not eligible to participate.

Previously, eligibility for Global Entry was limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the Netherlands via an agreement known as the Fast Low-risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) program that was announced in April 2010.

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