June 20, 2021

What travelers need to know about the New York Global Entry, trusted traveler program restrictions

Late Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would blockNew York residents from applying for, or renewing membership in programs that expedite international travel.

The programs include Global Entry, which expedites entry into the U.S. from international destinations; NEXUS, which speeds entry to the U.S. from Canada; SENTRI, which covers entry to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico; and FAST, a program for truck drivers crossing into Canada or Mexico.

DHS objects to New York’s Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The law prohibits the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing information with DHS pertaining to immigration status. The department’s acting secretary told state officials in a letter that the law prevents the department from properly vetting applicants to four federal Trusted Traveler Programs.

Can I still apply for or renew my TSA PreCheck?
Yes. The move by DHS does not affect enrollment in TSA PreCheck, the poplar program that allows travelers a faster security screening at U.S. airports.

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