NY Residents Denied Global Entry

Airport travel is a must for business professionals constantly networking and taking on business ventures. For many business professionals, bypassing the security line and being pre-approved makes the travel experience a smoother one versus having to wait in long lines. 

If you’ve already secured your Global Entry, you know that the review process can be lengthy and in-depth. If you are applying for Global Entry for the first time, you are likely discovering that there is an immense amount of scrutiny in the screening process. 

Is it an invasion of privacy to use such discretion in the screening process? What are states doing to protect their citizens? As of this post, New York has enacted the “Green Light Law” and it is now causing serious repercussions for New York state residents who are either applying or re-applying for the Global Entry trusted traveler program.  

What is New York’s “Green Light Law”?

On June 17, 2019, New York enacted the Green Light Law, or Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act. The law became effective on December 14, 2019. The law forbids New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from releasing driving record, registration, and license information to the United State Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing and validating pertinent driving records in New York.

What is CBP doing in response to New York’s “Green Light Law”?

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf at CBP stated, “It’s very clear: this irresponsible action [the law] has consequences.” Wolf went on to announce in his formal letter that New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply or renew their application in certain Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP), such as Global Entry.

CBP considers New York’s “Green Light Law” a liability, as it prevents the access of DMV data to help thwart national security issues, such as unlawful trade and unlawful travel. The evidence-based data that the DMV provides on an applicant’s record is beneficial in determining whether or not they are to be considered low-risk travellers. Ultimately, when the data is denied, the security is compromised, according to DHS.

What can you do now to ensure that your Global Entry isn’t revoked upon renewal or denied upon initial submission? 

Call the experts at Lifeback Legal. Lifeback Legal is a division of the Law Firm of Shea M. Randall, a trusted California Law Firm. We specialize in helping individuals get their life back with California criminal record expungements and federal licensing services. We have become one of the leading providers of Global Entry reconsiderations and have experience dealing with the headache that can be caused by attempting to appeal a denial with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We will work towards building a strong case for your appeal or reconsideration

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