Indian passport holders can now apply for Global Entry in the US

For almost two years now, Global Entry has been open to applications for Indian passport holders. That being said, the process has been nothing short of a cluster….

See: How to apply for Global Entry on an Indian passport

Having applied for Global Entry one year ago, and getting zero movement on the passport verification bit (which required a physical visit to multiple places while in India), I had pretty much given up on it.

Then on October 1st (Thanks to Peter, who left a comment on the above article and let me know), all Indian consulates in the US started taking in applications for the verification part: https://passport.in.ckgs.us/gep

Application Process for background check for GEP:
Step 1: Apply Online with U.S. CBP. Apply and complete application process at TTP website https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

Step 2: Visit the Passport Seva website and complete the application form https://portal4.passportindia.gov.in/Online/welcomeLink

Step 3: After completion of online form, visit / ship the application form along with the fee of USD 46.95 (GEP Fee+ ICWF + CKGS Service Fee) to your respective CKGS Passport Application Center.

Note the following:

  • You MUST have completed step 1 to be able to do this. Step 1 for me was completed on October 4th, 2018, and even though it was a year ago, it had been done, making me eligible.
  • The above portal link provided is different from the portal link used to apply for the India verification. Even though I had applied for verification in India (the site begins with Portal2), this one is specifically for non-residents. So you have to register again and fill out the application (no payment here).
  • Yeah, sadly you have to pay again, approx $47 per application. Payment methods are very specific. Payment: Payments must be made through Pay order /Cashiers/ Bankers check favoring “Cox and Kings Global Services USA LLC
  • If you have Bank of America’s preferred Honors tier, they will waive fees to issue bankers checks (otherwise $10 per check)

I sent out the application October 4th for delivery Monday the 7th. I received an email back from the Trusted Traveler Program on Oct 17th saying my application had been conditionally approved and to schedule an interview. So, this is pretty damn fast compared to the time line previously, not to mention a whole lot less work.

Note that getting an interview slot is actually super hard now due to the reassignment of border patrol agents. Los Angeles doesn’t even have a center! The nearest one is Long Beach almost 40 miles away. Arrival on Enrollment is possible at LAX but is not operational 24 hours which is ridiculous for international arrivals. Enrollment shuts off at 9 am. I was due to arrive back in the states on the 19th but was unable to complete enrollment since my flight landed after 9 pm. From my research, the easiest place to get an appointment (pretty much next day) is at Albuquerque International (ABQ). Appointments there are plentiful and easily available. If you want a appointment in Long Beach (nearest center to LA), first available date is June of 2020!

Hope this helps you folks get your applications processed quicker!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. AD says:

    I’m planning to apply for GEP via SF consulate in US. But need advice on which Indian address to use. The address on my passport and Aadhar are now old. I’m wondering if it’s ok to use the old address as oppose to my new address, since the old address has supporting documentation. Thoughts?

    Also, Do u know if applying for GEP in US kicks off any police check at your residence in India?

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    1. sjbvision says:

      Hi AD, I would up using my US address even though my passport has my permanent address listed as the one in India. I didnt have any issues with it and of course I have supporting documents here to show so (ID, utilities, bank etc). And no, applying here did not kick off any check in India.

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      1. AD says:

        Thanks for the response and the suggestion. So just to confirm, you recommend using both current and permanent address in the application as US address, right?

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      2. sjbvision says:

        Correct. Indian address should not come into play when applying from here.

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  2. sjbvision says:

    Correct. Indian address should not come into play when applying from here.

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  3. VS says:

    Did you receive any updates from CKGS ? I have submitted all my docs with cashiers check on Aug 29th and have not heard anything from them. On trusted traveller site my application still says pending review.

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    1. sjbvision says:

      Cant comment on what is happening lately to be honest. Likely delays due to COVID? I put in my application over 2 years ago, and about a year later i randomly got a notice from DHS saying I was approved. My wife applied at exactly the same time as me, its now coming up on 2 years and there is no update on her application.

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