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How many BA flights to the US leave from Scotland?
Therefore, no need for pre-clearance other than at Heathrow, since BA kindly provides domestic services to make life easy for you.4 Nov 2015
Will the interview with a US Customs official have to be done in the US, or will it be possible to do this at the Embassy in London? I know in past had to go to US for interview – but thought they might make it easier and do in London / Edinburgh?
No idea if anyone will have the answer to this?4 Nov 2015
Global Entry went live yesterday for all UK citizens
Put my application in yesterday and received notification of my payment and application… Fingers crossed it will be accepted for stage 24 Dec 2015
Out of interest, what’s the difference between Global Entry and using the ESTA automatic machines?
For instance, in November 2014 I went to MIA and had to queue through immigration. Took 2 hours. Was a horrible experience. However, went back November 2015 and they’ve installed automatic machines which allow ESTA users to go through immigration automatically. This is much quicker and the whole experience took about 15 minutes.
So, what would Global Entry offer over and above this scenario?11 Dec 2015
Accepted by UK Border Control and got my required code to complete my enrolment from the US side at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes
Noted though it will take up to 14 days for GOES to accept and then the final part is the interview at an enrolment centre no more than 30 days after the GOES approval, which all appear to be based in the US, so have to be there in that limited window.
Does anyone know if you can interview at a UK site, such as US Embassy?11 Dec 2015
From the US Customs & Border Control Website, suggested benefits are listed…..
-No processing lines
-Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
-Available at major U.S. airports
-Reduced wait times
-TSA Pre?® Eligibility
Last ESTA machine experience wasn’t quite as bad as 2 hours, but it wasn’t great, so GE benefits appear to be very different. From my colleagues who have GE already from other countries, they do appear to sail through CBP quickly !11 Dec 2015
“Last ESTA machine experience wasn’t quite as bad as 2 hours”
Sorry, that wasn’t via the machine. That was in the regular immigration queue. The machine experience brought the wait time down to 15 minutes!
That’s why I wondered what Global Entry would offer above using the ESTA machine as it was pretty quick and pain-free.11 Dec 2015
I have applied for Global Entry, only because sometimes the kiosk queues are also horrendous if multiple international flights arrive at around the same time.
I have now been conditionally approved, but need to undergo an interview when I next visit the USA, or more likely, when I go to Australia, as there is an interviewing office in Doha, through which I plan to pass in January.11 Dec 2015
There are very few. I could only see Doha, a few in Canada, Singapore, Puerto Rico and Guam.
I don’t really understand why US Embassies cannot be deployed for this.
Furthermore, I have just realised that I need to schedule the interview within 30 days of receiving my conditional approval.11 Dec 2015
Completely agree on the US Embassies.
I have had to delay starting my GOES application, as I wasn’t scheduled to be back in the US through any of the available US airports until Feb and I will then be at the potential mercy of a very limited timeslot at JFK as I transit through there, before the office shuts.
New York in Feb or Miami in Jan…. No contest on the weather….11 Dec 2015
“New York in Feb or Miami in Jan…. No contest on the weather….”
True. Just back from Miami, too. Mind you, it was absolutely hammering it down! Never seen so much rain. 9 inches they claimed. Floods, the lot.
I still don’t understand the benefits of Global Entry over the ESTA machines – they seem to use the same machines at Miami!11 Dec 2015