Immigration officials from India and the U.S. have discussed the possibility to exempt a certain category of Indians from immigration checks in the United States. The Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program which allows accelerated clearance for low-risk travellers upon arrival in the country, and India could be included in the plan. As a consequence, high dignitaries such as former presidents and prime ministers, as well as some movie stars could skip formalities when travelling to the U.S.
The Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Germany, Peru, Mexico and Canada have already been included in the Global Entry program, and China and Brazil are likely to be next. India is already working on a list of 2000 people. In order to benefit from the program, individuals shouldn’t have any criminal record or be connected with any money laundering case and will need to go through a background check by the Indian authorities. They will then be able to enter the U.S. through automatic kiosks at select airports. As of December 2014, Global Entry was available at 42 U.S. airports.
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