Depending on your closest Global Entry enrollment center, it can sometimes take months to find open Global Entry appointments in order to schedule your in person Global Entry interview. During the US government shutdown, interviews were cancelled so wait times have likely increased now that the government is open again. If you need to schedule a Global Entry interview but are having a hard time finding an appointment, here are some strategies to get a Global Entry appointment sooner:
Schedule a Global Entry Interview (Even If Dates Not Soon Enough)
You must schedule a Global Entry interview within 30 days of your conditional approval for Global Entry. However, you can reschedule your Global Entry as often as needed so you can always change your appointment to a sooner or later date (or do a walk in interview or Global Entry on Arrival as discussed below).
Please note you must complete your Global Entry interview within 365 days of receiving your conditional approval or your Global Entry application will be cancelled and no refund will be granted.
So even if you are not seeing any dates or times that work for you, schedule a Global Entry interview at your closest enrollment center for the first available date that works for you because you can always change it later.
Keep Checking for Global Entry Appointments
Some Global Entry enrollment centers do not have open interview appointments for months, but you might be able to find last minute openings due to cancellations if you keep checking your TTP account. If you need to change your interview you are able to reschedule interviews online as well. I recommend checking at least a few times a day if you really want to find an earlier interview date.
Consider a Different Global Entry Enrollment Center
While some Global Entry enrollment centers do not have openings for months, some have openings the same or next day. Consider driving to a Global Entry enrollment center that is a bit further away or schedule an interview in another city if you are planning on being there anyway. This page is a great way to check for available Global Entry appointments – just click on an enrollment center and it will expand to show you the first available date.
Consider a Walk In Global Interview
Some Global Entry enrollment centers will accept walk ins as long as you are already scheduled for a Global Entry interview in the future. It might be worth trying to walk in if you are near a Global Entry enrollment center but I would not go out of my way for the chance of an interview without calling first.
Global Entry Interview on Arrival
Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival is probably the easiest option for completing your Global Entry interview if you already have an international flight booked coming back to the United States. Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival allows conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview upon arrival into the United States and eliminates the need for a Global Entry applicant to schedule an interview at an enrollment center to complete the application process. Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival is currently only available at select US and Canada airports.
Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival is likely your only option in case of another government shutdown as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were approving people for Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival during the last shutdown while scheduled Global Entry interviews were cancelled.