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Knowing the Differences between Mobile Passport Control App, TSA Pre-Check and the Global Entry Program

Posted on 05/09/2018

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows U.S. citizens to use the app to expedite entry process into the United States.It is authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for eligible travelers with a smart phone or tablet to submit their passport info and answer the inspection-related questions prior to CBP inspection.The app does not require pre-approval and is free to use and the app streamlines traveler inspection process and enables CBP officer to focus more on the inspection, rather than administrative functions.Eligible travelers can download the Mobile Passport app from Google Play and/or Apple App Stores.Travelers will need to create a profile via the app with their passport information.Upon landing in the U.S., travelers will complete “new trip” section and once he/she submits their transaction via the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an encrypted code.The traveler then brings their passport and mobile device with digital bar-code receipt to the CBP officer to finalize inspection for entry into the U.S.

With a five year, $85 membership, travelers can speed through security, without having to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets with TSA Pre-Check.To enroll, you submit an online application in 5 minutes and schedule an appointment at any of 380+ enrollment centers for a 10 minute, in person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting.Upon approval, the traveler receives a Known Traveler Number that they enter when purchasing an airline ticket, simple as that.

Global Entry (GE) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S.Members enter the U.S. through automatic kiosks at select airports (major New York/New Jersey has them).The traveler presents their machine-readable passport (or U.S. permanent resident card), place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete the customs declaration (they don’t need to fill out the paperwork given to them by flight attendants).The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs them to the baggage claim and exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for GE program.Applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment (members may still be selected for further examination when entering the U.S.)Any violation of the program’s terms/conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and termination of the GE membership privileges.

To enroll, one must complete a Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) account.Regardless of age, everyone must have their own account.Log into the TTP account and complete the application, along with payment of $100 non-refundable fee.Upon accepting your application and fee, CBP will review your application.Once your application is conditionally approved, the TTP account will instruct you to schedule an interview at one of their Global Enrollment Centers.Each applicant must schedule a separate interview.For the interview, you will need to provide a valid passport and one other form of ID (typically a driver’s license).If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your machine readable permanent resident card.Upon approval by the CBP, your membership will be good for five years and renewable at the end of that term (typically, no additional screening required).

The benefits of enrolling in the GE program include no processing lines, no paperwork, and access to expedited entry benefits in other countries, reduced wait times and TSA Pre-check eligibility.

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