Entry pass into the United States through immigration can take a long time and may occasionally exceed one hour. This inconvenience can be prevented by enrolling in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program: Global Entry.
Executive Order dated January 14, 2013 created PANAMA GLOBAL PASS to allow Panama to participate in the US system known as the GLOBAL ENTRY PROGRAM. PANAMA GLOBAL ENTRY PASS expedites clearance upon arrival into the United States from Panama and vice versa.
The purpose of PANAMA GLOBAL PASS is to give those who were determined low-risk travelers in national territory expedited immigration processing. Panamanian government wants low-risk citizens of the United Stated and Panama who fly regularly to both countries to save the time spent on immigration control.
Panamanian citizens who are interested in enrolling in the GLOBAL ENTRY program of the United States should fulfill the following requirements:
1. Be a Panamanian citizen;
2. Fulfill the requirements established by the Global Entry of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program;
3. Must have a valid passport and U.S. visa;
4. Pay the $100 Global Entry Fee to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency;
5. Pass the interview with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency.
U.S citizens who are interested in enrolling in the PANAMA GLOBAL PASS Program should fulfill the following requirements:
1. Be a U.S. citizen;
2. Fulfill the requirements established by the Global Pass Program of Panamanian Immigration Services;
3. Must have a valid passport (minimal passport validity of 3 months);
4. Pay the $100 GLOBAL PASS Fee to the Immigration National Services;
5. Pass the interview with the National Immigration Services.
Why would your application be rejected?
1. If the applicant provides false or incomplete information;
2. If the applicant is subject to an ongoing investigation by any federal, state or local American Authority;
3. The applicant have been found in violation of any immigration, customs or agriculture laws in any country;
4. The applicant has been convicted of any criminal offense or have pending criminal charges to include outstanding warrants.
Please note that:
Sometimes registered travelers in this program may have to go through additional immigration controls.
Additionally, if travelers abuse the use of this program their participation will be cancelled automatically.
Finally, you should take into account that this program only applies when you fly to the United States and enter through one of the airports in which Global Entry is available.
About the author Lcdo. Abel Gómez García, licensed attorney in Panama and partner of GOMEZ TOMICZEK, a multicultural firm specializing in Relocation Services, Immigration and Corporation Law, Real Estate, Relocation Services. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org