H.R. 5969 would permit children who are 10 years of age or younger and not members of the Global Entry program to accompany their parent or legal guardian who is a member of the program through the Global Entry lane. Under current law, those children must have their own Global Entry membership, which uses automated kiosks to provide expedited processing to pre-approved international air travelers who are entering the United States. In addition, the bill would allow parents or legal guardians to schedule a single application appointment for multiple children ages 10 and under rather than multiple individual appointments.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) administers the Global Entry program and charges a fee for each application to cover the program’s operational costs. Currently, the fee is $100 and CBP can adjust that amount through regulation. Collections of that fee are classified in the budget as an offset to CBP’s annual appropriation.