OverviewI bit the bullet and decided to apply for TSA PreCheck for my traveling. Since it was only $15 US more for Global Entry (GE), I actually went that route. It gives me everything PreCheck does along with quicker customs processing when I return to the States. Since it has more intrusive background checks, you have to do an interview for final approval. With all the political drama going on right now, staffing these locations has been a challenge for US Customs and Border Protection. If I knew then what I know now, I would have just gotten TSA PreCheck.
I applied around February 2019 and after about a month was moved to the 'Conditionally Approved' phase so I was able to set an appointment for the interview. My brother applied a week after me and just now was made 'Conditionally Approved' this week. In my case, I set an appointment at Denver (DIA) and the soonest was May 2019. Two days before my appointment it was canceled on me and the soonest they had was July so I signed for that. That was canceled on me and Jan 2021 was the next avail. That put me at nearly a year from application. Ugh.
SolutionAs both my brother and I are in IT we started talking about getting an earlier appointment. People have to cancel their appointments for example so what happens to them? Did some research and found that the Global Entry website has an API available to talk to its database.
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