Can Global Entry be Renewed After It Expires? Yes, and it may only take a couple weeks. We have personal experience with this, since, while I've kept my and my son's Global Entry up to date, my husband inadvertently let his lapse during the pandemic, when we weren't traveling much.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed its enrollment centers in mid-March 2020, and only reopened them for in-person interviews September 8, 2020 (although Enrollment on Arrival remained available). This created a huge backlog of applications and delays in processing them.
Global Entry is valid for 5 years, and travelers are able to renew Global Entry in the final year before expiration. Those who apply for renewal before their membership expires even have their enrollment extended for 18 months past their actual expiration date, to help ensure that there's no interruption with being able to use Global Entry as CBP works through the pandemic backlog.
Fortunately, for other travelers in my husband's situation who have inadvertently let their Global Entry membership lapse, there may not be much of a wait for their lapsed Global Entry reapplication to be approved. He applied on June 22, 2021 at the Trusted Traveler Programs site, and today, two weeks later, his Global Entry membership was reapproved, with the ability to use it immediately and no need for another interview. His previous Global Entry number even remained the same.
If you've applied (or reapplied) for Global Entry in the past few months, how long did it take for your application to receive conditional approval or full approval?
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