What is Nexus and who can use it

What is Nexus and who can use it?

NEXUS is a program designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States (U.S.). NEXUS members can enter either country more quickly and easily by using:

  • automated self-serve kiosks in the air,
  • dedicated lanes and stops on the land, and
  • by calling Telephone Reporting Centres (TRCs) before arrival in the sea.

Now let’s explore the benefits of this program, who can apply and how to apply. Thank you for sharing this with me.

What are the benefits of using Nexus?

  • Travellers can avoid long line-ups using automated self-serve NEXUS and U.S. Global Entry kiosks.
  • They can save time by receiving expedited clearance through security screening lines at major and select mid-sized airports in Canada.
  • Travellers can also receive expedited clearance through the U.S. Transportation Security. Administration Pre-Check lines at over 200 participating U.S. airports. Visit NEXUS Air for more information.
  • Enjoy a simplified entry process using dedicated vehicle lanes at 21 designated land border crossings. Visit NEXUS Land for more information.
  • When arriving in Canada by boat, report by phone to a Telephone Reporting Centre at more than 450 marine sites across Canada.

Who is eligible for Nexus?

To be eligible for Nexus, you must be:

  • a Mexican national who is also a member of the Viajero Confiable program.
  • a citizen of Canada or the U.S.,
  • a permanent resident of Canada and the U.S. that have resided as a legal resident for a minimum of three years before the day of application.
    • A Canadian or U.S. permanent resident is exempt from this rule if they meet any of the following criteria:
    • Individuals serving in the American armed forces in a foreign country, or
    • Individuals who are a family member of a person who is a member of the Canadian or American armed forces serving in a foreign country, or
    • Individuals who are a family member of a person who is serving at a Canadian or American diplomatic mission or consular post in a foreign country.

In addition, you must:

  • Be admissible to Canada or the United States under applicable immigration laws;
  • Provide true and complete information on your application;
  • Not violate customs, immigration or agriculture law; or
  • Meet all other requirements of NEXUS.

Please be aware that your application must be approved by both Canada and the U.S.

How to apply for Nexus?

To become a member of the NEXUS program, you need:

  • Apply online through the Trusted Travelers Programs (TTP) website;
  • Complete the registration process
  • Pay the non-refundable USD 50 processing fee.
  • Fulfill the qualifying requirements
  • Be admissible to both Canada and the United States
  • Pass both countries’ risk assessments
  • Schedule interview

Applicants below the age of 18 years do not need to pay the processing fees. However, parents or legal guardians must complete the application process for applicants under 18 years old. 

Updates on the NEXUS program

NEXUS and FAST enrolment centres in Canada are momentarily closed. But, interviews at enrolment centres in the United States have resumed. In addition, the Trusted Traveller website allows any candidates, including Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, to schedule interviews at the closest U.S. enrollment centre. 

Also, according to the service standards for the fiscal year April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, applicants are advised in writing of the results of the risk assessment within 30 business days of receipt of a complete application. However, the official Government of Canada NEXUS application website says that there is a delay in processing applications.

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