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Israel, U.S. agree on immigration fast track

JTA

May 18, 2012 | 10:29 am

The United States and Israel are set to add Israelis to a fast-track immigration system.

Yediot Achronot reported Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to add Israel to the “Global Entry” program. The agreement was negotiated during a recent trip by Homeland Security officials to Israel.

For a $100 fee, frequent business travelers undergo a thorough security clearance. Once cleared, they enter the United States through a biometric fingerprint check, skipping passport checks.

According to Yediot, six countries already had joined the program—Britain, Holland, Qatar, Austria, New Zealand and Japan—and 250,000 American citizens have registered.

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