7/20/23: Updated with 2023 stats
How Long Does it Take to Renew Global Entry in 2023? It can easily take a month or much longer for conditional approval, and that doesn't include the time to arrange an interview, so you don't want to wait until the last minute to renew. When I renewed my son's Global Entry a few months before it expired, it took 29 days–nearly 1 month–until conditional approval. Meanwhile, I submitted a renewal application for my own Global Entry back in March 2023, and well over 4 months later it's still “Pending Review.”
Fortunately, per the U.S. Customs and Border Protection FAQ, “If you submit a renewal application before your membership expires, you will be able to continue to use benefits up to 24 months after your membership expiration date.”
Which Credit Cards Reimburse Global Entry Application Fees?
The Global Entry application fee is $100 per person, but fortunately several cards reimburse this fee, once every 4-5 years:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve (every 4 years)
- AMEX Platinum (every 4 years)
- AMEX Business Platinum (every 4 years)
- Citi Prestige (every 5 years)
- Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card
- Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite card
When Can You Renew Global Entry?
You can renew Global Entry anytime you're within 1 year of expiration, although keep in mind that if you're planning to get reimbursed for the Global Entry fee, credit cards (see above) that reimburse you only do so once every 4-5 years. If you have multiple cards that reimburse for Global Entry, make sure to choose one that hasn't already been used recently, so that you'll be eligible for the fee reimbursement.
Do All Renewals Require Another Interview?
No, some applicants receive final approval for their renewal application without having to schedule an interview.
When Must Interviews Be Scheduled?
You must schedule your interview within 30 days of being notified of your conditional approval, but the actual interview can take place more than 30 days after you receive your conditional approval notification.
How Long do Global Entry Renewal Approvals Take?
Some people receive a final approval or conditional approval within a few days or a week. But with the high demand for Global Entry, there are a number of reports on FlyerTalk beyond mine where it's taking several months, for example:
- >5 months until approval on 7/9/23 (jow)
- >5 months until approval on 7/10/23 for a second renewal, no interview required (crazycrab955)
- >6 months for a third renewal, still pending (Chrisinhouston)
- Almost 9 months until approval on 7/5/23, no interview required (geraldchan05)
- >10 months, still pending (goalie)
- >11 months, still pending (zephyr)
It's also notable that the two longest waits reported above were for posters based in the San Francisco Bay Area, so that may be indicative of longer waits for applicants from this area.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Expedite Renewal?
Probably not, which is why it's so important to apply *before* your current Global Entry membership expires. As long as you apply before your Global Entry expires, you have 24 months where you'll still enjoy Global Entry privileges. Just make sure you update your passport details on the Trusted Traveler site if you get a new passport. After 9 months of waiting, you could call the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Info line at 877-227-5511 (press 1 for English, then 1 for Trusted Traveler Programs) to ask about the status of your application and seek to expedite. Reports are that applications and renewals won't be expedited until 9 months of waiting (up from 4 months, previously, due to high demand and swamped agents).
I've Taken the Same Trips as My Partner; Why Did Only One of Us Need an Interview?
Global Entry and Customs and Border Protection officials have quite a bit of discretion, so your renewal applications may have been reviewed by different officers, who came to different conclusions about whether a renewal interview was needed. In addition to the countries visited or transited, job or residence changes can play a factor in conditional approval requiring an interview vs. full approval, with no interview needed.
If you recently renewed Global Entry, how long did it take until final approval or conditional approval?
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