The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

PASS­ING THROUGH im­mi­gra­tion when vis­it­ing the States has, for years, been a thorn in the side for Bri­tish visi­tors who have had to brave no­to­ri­ously long queues.

The good news is that from De­cem­ber 3, Bri­tish visi­tors to the US will be able to join the Global En­try scheme, which means they can go straight to bag­gage re­claim rather than queue up.

The bad news is that ap­ply­ing to join the scheme is a palaver that will cost more than £100.

This may de­ter oc­ca­sional visi­tors from join­ing, but for the 125,000 Bri­tish cit­i­zens who visit the US at least four times a year, the process may be well worth it.

The first stage is to reg­is­ter via the Home Of­fice web­site and pay a non­re­fund­able £42 fee, af­ter which a vet­ting process takes place.

If the ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful, an ac­cess code will be is­sued to en­ter when ap­ply­ing for Global En­try through the Global On­line En­rol­ment Sys­tem.

On ap­proval, there will be an in­ter­view. If el­i­gi­bil­ity is ap­proved, there will be a five-year mem­ber­ship fee of $100 to pay.

Once ap­proved, there will be an in­ter­view with an of­fi­cer to as­sess el­i­gi­bil­ity. The fee for a five-year mem­ber­ship is $100.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be made from De­cem­ber 3 from the Home Of­fice, visit: goes Visi­tors face long queues while pass­ing through US im­mi­gra­tion

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