Global Entry Adds Enrollment on Arrival at IAH, HOU, AUS, SFO & YVR

Good afternoon everyone, happy Sunday.  I recently signed my girlfriend up for Global Entry and she was conditionally approved shortly after that.  Unfortunately, the soonest Global Entry interview time she can get for SFO is early December.  This morning, she received an email from Global Entry ( with the subject line: “Why Wait? Interview for Global Entry When You Arrive.”  She sent the email to me, and since I had never heard of enrollment on arrival, I thought it might be useful for others who are considering applying for Global Entry soon or are waiting for their Global Entry interview.

Here is the entire email:

Dear Global Entry Applicant,

Starting today, you have the unique opportunity to interview for Global Entry when you return from your next international trip at Houston, Hobby, Austin, San Francisco, and Vancouver.

What is Enrollment on Arrival? With Enrollment on Arrival, Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved can complete their interviews, the last step of the Global Entry process, while they are clearing through United States Customs and Border Protection or Preclearance. This options is now available at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), or Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The program will expand to additional airports this summer, to include San Francisco International Airport.

What do I do when I land in the international terminal? Follow the signage directing you to CBP officers who can complete your Global Entry interview during your admissibility inspection. You won’t need any additional documents other than the requisite documents for international travel (e.g., your passport). After completing the process, you will be directed to a short feedback survey to help us improve this new opportunity for Global Entry applicants to Enroll on Arrival from an international trip. If you have a connecting flight, keep in mind that the Enroll on Arrival interview will take a few minutes longer than the typical CBP processing.

If you would like to save time and effort, then join thousands of other Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved and participate in Enrollment on Arrival.

For updated information regarding Enrollment on Arrival, please refer to the CBP website at:

Unfortunately for my girlfriend, she doesn’t have any international trips coming up before December, so this enrollment on arrival program won’t get her Global Entry any sooner.  This new program might help some people get Global Entry sooner if you happen to be flying through Houston, Hobby, Austin, San Francisco, or Vancouver. Here are a few other Global Entry posts worth reading:

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great Sunday everyone!

7 thoughts on “Global Entry Adds Enrollment on Arrival at IAH, HOU, AUS, SFO & YVR

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  2. Will B

    My questions relate to Houston Hobby…

    What if (1) you aren’t arriving at the airport- can you walk in and complete the enrollment? , and (2) what if you cannot schedule the interview within 30 days of receiving conditional approval- how do you renew or extend that?

    1. Grant Post author

      The Enrollment on Arrival is only for passengers arriving from an international flight, so if you are not arriving on an international flight, you will not be able to use Enrollment on Arrival. I think you can schedule an interview far into the future and still do Enrollment on Arrival if you are arriving from an international flight.

  3. RTC

    My wife and I will be landing at IAH at 6pm from an international flight in a couple of weeks, will this option still be available that late in the day?


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