About a year ago Mr. T and I were approved for Global Entry. During my Global Entry interview, the CBP Officer, seeing that I was pregnant, informed me that my baby would need to apply for Global Entry as well since she won’t automatically inherit mine. I thought it was a quirky rule since I’m not sure how they’d interview a baby, and the interview is one of the main steps in the application process. Well, I finally found out how they interview a baby last week when I took Traveler #3 to her Global Entry interview.
I applied for her Global Entry pass just like I did my own (you can read all about my experience and tips here!).
On interview day, I carried her in my arms to the interview office and was called in for the interview within minutes of signing in. I walked into the office, handed the officer the conditional approval letter, Traveler #3’s birth certificate, and a utility bill to prove our address. The officer input some information into the computer and asked me if I’ve done a lot of traveling this year. I’m not sure if that was an interview question or if she was just making small talk with me, so I replied that I haven’t traveled as much as I normally do and left it at that. While I sat there, the officer took a photo of Traveler #3, although I almost missed it since she didn’t give any warning. And that was it. She said I’d receive the approval shortly. No real questions were asked in the interview. No fingerprints were taken. The baby interview was faster than going to the post office! Heck, it wasn’t even really an interview. It was more like a silly “formality” with CBP just to prove that this baby exists.
I’m glad the process was fast, but it is an inconvenience to have to schedule an interview, wake the baby up from her nap, and drive an hour to the interview office (in traffic) only to hand over some documents and let them see the baby in person. Plus, since these interview times are often only on the weekdays and during normal work hours, I had to take time off work just to do this song and dance! On the bright side, it’s done now and we are just waiting for the approval. We have a couple of international trips coming up so it’d be great to finally put our Global Entry pass to use. I just have to hope that we get Traveler #3’s Global Entry card before then!