Global entry with an expunged record
Whether you can get Global Entry with an expunged record depends on various factors, and the answer isn’t always straightforward. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:
The Good News:
- An expunged record doesn’t automatically disqualify you from Global Entry. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) considers each applicant on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the nature of the expunged offense, how long ago it occurred, and any other relevant factors.
The Not-So-Good News:
- CBP has broad discretion in determining who is eligible for Global Entry. Even with an expunged record, they may deny your application based on the specifics of your case.
- Certain offenses, even if expunged, can automatically disqualify you. These include:
- Crimes of moral turpitude: This includes offenses like fraud, theft, and drug trafficking.
- Certain immigration violations: Overstaying a visa or entering the country illegally can be disqualifying.
- Drug offenses: Even an expunged drug possession charge could raise red flags.
- Time since the offense: The more time that has passed since the expunged offense, the less likely it is to impact your application.
- Explanation for the offense: Providing a clear and honest explanation for the expunged offense may help your case.
- Overall background: CBP will consider your entire background, including any other arrests, convictions, or negative immigration history.
- Be honest: Disclose any expunged records during your application process. Failure to do so could result in denial or even revocation of your Global Entry membership if discovered later.
- Consult an attorney: If you have concerns about your eligibility, consider speaking with an immigration attorney who can advise you on your specific situation.
- Consider alternative programs: If you’re denied Global Entry, you may still be eligible for TSA PreCheck® or another expedited travel program that has less stringent eligibility requirements.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to grant you Global Entry rests with CBP. While an expunged record doesn’t guarantee disqualification, it’s important to be aware of the potential challenges and take steps to address them upfront.
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:
- CBP Global Entry website: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
- CBP Applicant Suitability Checklist: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
- American Immigration Lawyers Association: https://www.aila.org/