U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on April 22, 2020 that it will extend the temporary closure of the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) through June 1, 2020, with extended closures possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Due to the suspension of the TTP, CBP will close all of the following enrollment centers:

  • Global Entry, including mobile enrollment events
  • NEXUS
  • SENTRI
  • FAST

All applicants who have been conditionally approved will need to reschedule their interview for after June 1, 2020.

The Temporary closure of the TTP will not affect CBP’s Enrollment on Arrival program; as such, Global Entry applicants who arrive into the United States on an international flight can complete the enrollment process with CBP at any of the 60 airports across the United States that offer this program.

Finally, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CBP has extended the duration of how long a TTP application remains active to 485 days from the date the applicant completes the enrollment process.  CBP also increased the application renewal period for current TTP members to 18 months to all current members to apply for renewal well in advance of their current TTP membership expiration.

GT will continue to monitor this developing situation with the Trusted Traveler Program. Please contact your attorney if you have additional questions.

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Cole F. Heyer has been working in the immigration field for over a decade and has wide-ranging experience in both family-based and employment-based immigration matters. Prior to joining GT in 2015, Cole worked at a high-volume family-based immigration practice where he represented clients

Cole F. Heyer has been working in the immigration field for over a decade and has wide-ranging experience in both family-based and employment-based immigration matters. Prior to joining GT in 2015, Cole worked at a high-volume family-based immigration practice where he represented clients before the Atlanta Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

At GT, Cole focuses his practice on representing domestic and multinational employers before the USCIS, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on virtually all issues that employers may face in the employment context with immigration.

Specifically, Cole represents and advises employers, ranging from small, start-up companies to Fortune 50 companies, in all areas of employment-based immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visa categories (B, E-1/2, E-3, F, H-1B, H-3, J, L-1A/B, O, TN, R), permanent residence (PERM, Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researchers, Multinational Managers and National Interest Waivers), naturalization, and DACA. He services companies in all industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical device, oil & gas, retail and fashion, IT, financial services, and food & beverage on U.S. employment-based immigration, compliance and enforcement actions, and global immigration. Cole also assists with GT’s federal litigation practice concerning immigration matters.

Finally, Cole advises employers with I-9 compliance by providing onsite training, internal audits and reviews, and deploying best practices to minimize exposure and liabilities in the event of ICE investigations and audits. As part of this practice, Cole has worked directly with ICE on I-9 audits to negotiate on behalf of employers that he represents.