Two agreements to this effect are scheduled to be signed in July when Home Minister Rajnath Singh leads an Indian delegation to the US-India Homeland Security Dialogue in Washington in July. The US team will be headed by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson.
The two pacts on Global Entry— a US Customs and Border Protection programme that allow for speedy clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in America and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6), which allows access to information on terrorists— are expected to be signed during the high-voltage Dialogue.
The only two important conditions for inclusion of an individual in the Global Entry program are that he or she should not have any criminal record or be in anyway connected with any money laundering case anywhere in the world. The US Administration has been pressing for India’s inclusion in the Global Entry so that dignitaries like former Presidents, former Prime Ministers, former Union Ministers, film stars, top industrialists and frequent flyers could visit America without facing problems at entry points. It is estimated the initial list would contain the names of 2000 Indians, which could be expanded later after comprehensive background checks are completed for each individual.
Visitors included in the list can go directly to the exclusive Global Entry kiosks, get their passports scanned, place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk will dispense a transaction receipt and the passenger can go to claim his/her baggage and then exit the terminal without any further ado. – CINEWS