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What Is The Global Entry Interview Like For A Baby?

Global Entry

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!

 




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Sarah - February 11, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Hi Diana – it’s been a few years and I’m still reading! I messaged you a long time ago about how much I love the blog and how helpful it has been for me, and even after two years I still feel this way! Right now I am trying to decide about studying abroad for next year – I will be going to Paris for the fall semester because in school I study French. I might stay for the whole year, depending on how the credits work. But if I only go for a semester, I am thinking of spending the spring semester somewhere else, like Dublin or the Netherlands. Is there any place you would recommend? It will be spring time and I would still like to be able to travel to lots of places so it would have to accessible. Also, what comes to your mind as the top places to visit while I am there? I have read through many of your posts on your favorite places and where to visit, but I wonder what comes to your mind immediately when you think of interesting and fun places to visit in Europe. I’m sorry for the long comment! Thank you for having an amazing blog 🙂

Ingrid - February 11, 2015 - 8:23 pm

I’m very jealous of traveler #3! I still haven’t applied for Global Entry.

JustWanderlust - February 19, 2015 - 10:12 am

Traveler #3 is going to be a little explorer (I hope!)! 🙂

JustWanderlust - February 19, 2015 - 10:25 am

Hi Sarah – thanks so much for reading the blog! 🙂 I’m so excited that you are studying abroad — in hindsight, that was one of the best times of my life. Paris will be great because you’ll already be in the center of everything and you can easily hop on the train to get to other cities in Europe. Does the other place have to be where they speak English (or you can take classes in English)? If so, you should probably look at the list of places that qualify and pick from there. I’m happy to help if you have the list! Otherwise, if language isn’t an issue/restriction, how about Italy? There is sooo much to see there that it’d keep you plenty busy on the weekends. Portugal or Spain may be other good options. I’d recommend going some place in the southern half of Europe so that you can explore southern Europe in the second semester and explore the places north of Paris in the first semester. I really enjoyed Amsterdam, too, and it’s not a bad place to base yourself out of either, but if you’re already going to be in Paris, you could easily take the train to the Netherlands already. 🙂

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