Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS after Renouncing – the “Trusted Traveler Programs” – SAFE TRAVELS!

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The U.S. federal government has made the life of world travelers much simpler over the last few years, for those who have signed up and participate in one of the “trusted traveler programs.Global Entry Website - Kiosk

Entry into the U.S. through customs and immigration checkpoints is fast tracked and explained in more detail below.

Also, a related program that provides much convenience to travelers is the Pre-TSA.  This is a program described on the government website as –

What does TSA Pre✓™ mean for travelers?

TSA Pre✓™ Experience:

  • Quicker transit through airport security screening
  • Faster moving lines
  • Improved travel experience
No Removal of:

  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag and laptop from carry-on

Obtaining approval for Pre-TSA.  is facilitated if an individual has already been approved for one of the “trusted traveler programs.

You can typically avoid long lines of travelers who do not have such clearances and it provides a more convenient way of traveling in and out of the U.S.

However, once a USC renounces, they can no longer travel on their previous status as a USC under a “trusted traveler program”  where they previously applied and represented they are a USC.

Once a person ceases to be a USC, they can no longer represent themselves to be a citizen.  Indeed, there is a specific statutory provision that holds that any person falsely claiming citizenship can be found to be inadmissible for entry into the U.S.  8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens

Accordingly, you should not continue to travel on your existing/old “trusted traveler program”  documents.  You will need to re-apply as a non-USC.  More details on the Global Entry program are provided below from the government’s own website –

Global Entry


What is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

How Does the Global Entry Program Work?

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.

At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment.




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