I woke up in panic mode on the day of my appointment. I forgot to set my series of alarms and I forgot what time my appointment was and to make matters worse they had the nerve to update the Global Entry part of the website so I had to reregister for an account. I was a mess for a whole 30-40 minutes until I realized I didn’t make a morning appointment and they don’t even offer them.
When I pulled up to the function, I didn’t know what to expect really but I did not expect for my approval to be that easy.
My agent and I had a whole conversation about free bagels at my job while she asked me to enter my fingerprints for the system. No real intruding questions about my life, the name being different on my passport vs my driver’s license, or my travel history. I most definitely had more of an in-depth conversation about my bagel of choice at Panera than anything else within those 15 minutes.
The only real detective work she did was locating the mole on my face and asking her fellow officer if I matched the image in my passport picture. My make up from college had made my mole less noticeable.
I walked out in 15 minutes with time to spare to get to work on time but it just made me question everything. Am I that super duper low risk or should I be worried that the process was way too easy when traveling.
Either way, my Global Entry card arrived today, a week after my appointment. The card is used for land travel for Canada/Mexico. I look a hot mess in it like the rest of my identification pictures. I didn’t realize that they’d need to take my picture and had my hair smooshed underneath a hat so be sure to look nice during your interview.
I’m excited to skate through security for my upcoming trip to LA.