So after two weeks of waiting, I finally heard back from the Feds. I have been conditionally approved for my Global Entry card.
What does this mean?
It means I had thirty days to schedule my interview to get officially approved.
After I had applied, I did some research (because I never put much thought into stuff until I panic after) about the approval chances, what kept people from being approved, and how long the process took.
Everything seemed pretty straight forward, if you have a criminal record, your chances are slim to none. You can appeal the process but yeah slim to none. Even small offenses you would think does not matter like DUIs and small drug possession would keep you from approval.
I was and still am worried that me having two first names will blow a wrench into getting officially approved. I have kind of refused to get a new passport with the name Harper on it (I am too lazy to change my name on my mileage programs and credit cards) but my drivers license has both names on it. Outside of a professional arena and blogging, I don’t really go by Harper.
I’m also worried because that $100 I paid is non returnable.
With the exception of that, they said the process was quick. The interview is short and sweet. They ask you questions they already know the answers to and you’re done BUT it is hard to find an interview date soon after your approval letter since more people are getting aware of the program. I found this so true when I checked Nashville and they gave me a December date. Damn near January. Since I wanted to use it for my next trip, I opened myself to traveling to be interviewed. So I scheduled my interview four hours away in Cincinnati for October 19th.
However, today, I did as recommended by the people whose comments I read on TripAdvisor and checked back later because people make cancellations . Now I’m scheduled in Nashville on October 9th. I’m amped because the original date would have had me driving out of state a week after another driving trip.
But I will update you guys again. Fingers crossed.