NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Providers Company and U.S. Customs and Border Safety-operated Trusted Traveler and expedited border management program designed for pre-approved, low-risk vacationers. Members of this system can keep away from waits at border entry factors by utilizing reserved lanes at land crossings into Canada and the USA (together with from Mexico), by utilizing self-serve kiosks at airports in Canada, the US and a few worldwide places, or by phoning border officers for a marine entry. A NEXUS membership card is a legitimate doc beneath the Western Hemisphere Journey Initiative (WHTI), so it may be used instead of a passport, together with by air if flying between the US and Canada.

Historical past[edit]

NEXUS started as a pilot undertaking in 2000 on the Port Huron–Sarnia border crossing to cut back visitors congestion. On the time, delay-free crossing was obtainable through two unbiased packages—Port Go, for crossing into the U.S., and CanPass, for these coming into Canada. Customs officers started taking NEXUS purposes in October 2000, and this system started operation on November 28, 2000 utilizing a devoted lane on the Blue Water Bridge. Curiosity in this system was very excessive, with 550 accepted and 2000 complete candidates within the eight-week interval main as much as that day. The pilot program was set to final six months, after which it might be put to an unbiased third celebration analysis.[1][2] Because of the September 11, 2001 assaults, the NEXUS lanes had been closed and purposes suspended whereas safety measures related to the Sensible Border Declaration had been carried out. The NEXUS lanes on the Blue Water Bridge reopened in December 2001.[3][4]

NEXUS formally launched in September 2002 together with the Free and Safe Commerce (FAST) program in a joint announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Jean Chretien held on the Ambassador Bridge.[5]


To qualify for this system, an applicant should be a citizen or everlasting resident of Canada or the USA or citizen of Mexico that holds a Viajero Confiable membership.[6] Everlasting residents of the USA or Canada might must reside of their respective nation for 3 years earlier than making use of for NEXUS membership.[7] A earlier requirement to have resided in both nation for 3 years has been eliminated to permit Canadian and Americans dwelling overseas, and those that have not too long ago returned, to use for NEXUS.[8][9] Candidates should even be legally admissible to each Canada and the USA, should have complied with immigration and customs rules throughout earlier journey, and should bear a felony historical past examine. Moreover, if the applicant is beneath 18, each mother and father should present their written consent or attend the interview.[10][6]

Software course of[edit]

NEXUS purposes could be submitted both on-line, through the U.S. Customs and Border Safety web site. The applying payment is $50 USD if making use of by on-line software (US or Canadian residents), roughly $50 USD for US residents making use of by paper and utilizing a bank card (and charged $65 CAD as of July 2019). The payment is waived for candidates beneath the age of 18.

Candidates are screened for citizenship and immigration standing, and checked for felony historical past and constructive matches on U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Canadian Safety Intelligence Service (CSIS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Interpol terrorism and no-fly checklist, United Nations databases, and the UK Police Nationwide Pc.[citation needed] Candidates who cross the preliminary screening are interviewed in individual by brokers of each the Canada Border Providers Company and U.S. Customs and Border Safety (sometimes one proper after the opposite). After approval, members are mailed an RFID-enabled NEXUS card, legitimate for 5 years from the applicant’s birthday following card issuance. Renewal sometimes takes place six months previous to expiration, and members could also be required to attend one other interview to confirm that they nonetheless qualify for this system.

Shortly after the announcement of the US requirement for a WHTI doc for all vacationers by 2009, CBP and CBSA introduced their dedication to streamline the membership renewal course of for the NEXUS program, and now will waive the interview for members who haven’t had modifications to their info and have maintained their low-risk standing. The US and Canada additionally introduced that they’d begun enrollment blitzes to expedite the processing of NEXUS purposes and had launched an outreach and consciousness plan to extend membership in NEXUS.

Viajero Confiable Program[edit]

Members of Mexico’s Viajero Confiable Program might apply for the NEXUS Program on-line as of 2016.[11] US residents who’re members of World Entry and meet different necessities might apply for the Viajero Confiable card.[12][13]

On the 2016 North American Leaders’ Summit it was introduced that by the tip of 2016, “Canadian and Americans who’re members of the NEXUS Program shall be eligible to use to the Viajero Confiable Program, offering them with expedited immigration screening upon arrival at choose worldwide airports in Mexico,”[14] however as of October 2017 the Viajero Confiable Program doesn’t but settle for Canadian candidates or US NEXUS card holders who aren’t a part of World Entry.[15][16]

Use at land crossings[edit]

NEXUS cardholders are typically screened extra shortly than non-NEXUS cardholders at Canadian and United States border crossings providing NEXUS, Prepared and SENTRI lanes. Nonetheless, they’re nonetheless topic to straightforward immigration and customs checks, and could also be chosen for secondary screening.

Coming into Canada by land[edit]

Collaborating border crossing factors sometimes have one lane solely reserved for NEXUS use, and a few may also designate a second lane for NEXUS use on an as wanted foundation. A automobile can solely use the NEXUS lane if all of its passengers (together with kids) maintain a legitimate NEXUS card and nothing requiring a particular customs declaration or fee of responsibility is being introduced into Canada (see under).

Coming into the US by land[edit]

NEXUS playing cards are legitimate for RFID Prepared Lanes at land crossings into the USA from Canada and Mexico.[17]

Alongside the Mexican border, NEXUS members might make the most of Safe Digital Community for Vacationers Speedy Inspection (SENTRI) lanes when coming into the US by land, however should be touring in an accepted, registered automobile[18] (SENTRI requires members to register their automobiles into this system, which entails a radical inspection by CBP, whereas NEXUS has no such requirement). No matter whether or not the traveler is in an accepted automobile or not, the NEXUS card is a WHTI compliant doc, and could also be utilized in any commonplace lane from Mexico into the USA as proof of identification and citizenship. Pedestrians can use devoted SENTRI strains for expedited entry into the U.S. from Tijuana on the San Ysidro border crossing.

Objects permitted in a NEXUS lane[edit]

  • Alcohol inside a traveler’s private entitlement (the traveler should be out of nation of residence for 48 hours)
  • Tobacco merchandise which might be marked “Canada-Obligation Paid”
  • Presents as much as $60 every (into Canada) or as much as $100 complete (into the USA)
  • Any cheap quantities of non-public results

Land crossings with NEXUS lanes[edit]

  • Alberta | Montana:
    • Coutts, AB/Sweetgrass, MT
  • British Columbia | Washington:
  • Manitoba | North Dakota:
  • New Brunswick | Maine:
  • Ontario | Michigan / Minnesota / New York State:
    • Ambassador Bridge (Windsor, ON/Detroit)
    • Blue Water Bridge (Sarnia, ON/Port Huron, MI) (additionally particular NEXUS lane on the bridge and coming into from Canadian facet)
    • Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (Windsor, ON/Detroit) (additionally particular NEXUS lane when coming into from Canadian facet)
    • Fort Frances, ON/Worldwide Falls, MN
    • Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, ON/Buffalo)
    • Queenston-Lewiston Bridge (NEXUS obtainable Canada-bound solely).
    • Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls, ON/Niagara Falls, NY) (NEXUS obtainable US-bound solely. Canada-bound lane discontinued in January 2011[19])
    • Sault Ste. Marie Worldwide Bridge (Sault Ste. Marie, ON/Sault Ste. Marie, MI)
    • Thousand Islands Bridge (Hill Island, Ont/Wellesley Island NY) (NEXUS obtainable US-bound solely)
    • Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (Niagara Falls, ON/Niagara Falls, NY) (NEXUS visitors solely)
  • Quebec | New York State / Vermont:

Use at marine crossings[edit]

NEXUS members can report back to roughly 450 designated websites in Canada[20] or land in the USA by phoning CBSA or CBP as relevant between 30 minutes and four hours earlier than touchdown with specified info and applicable declarations.[21]

Use at airports[edit]

Inside Canada[edit]

NEXUS members coming into Canada from wherever on the planet[22] might use a NEXUS machine to make customs declarations, so long as the member’s irises are on file with the CBSA. If the member’s irises aren’t on file, or the NEXUS machines aren’t working, NEXUS members might use the Particular Providers desk.

US and Canadian residents might fly between the US and Canada utilizing their NEXUS card, with out the necessity for a passport.

NEXUS permits vacationers flying from many Canadian airports, even on home flights, to bypass the common safety screening line and use an expedited trusted traveler line.[23]

Airports with NEXUS (customs and immigration and precedence safety screening)[edit]

Airports (precedence safety screening solely)[edit]

Inside and to the USA[edit]

NEXUS suits with the US World Entry program for expedited customs and immigration clearance, and TSA PreCheck for expedited airport safety checks.

U.S. World Entry[edit]

All NEXUS members can use their NEXUS membership at World Entry kiosks no matter the place they’re coming from, although NEXUS card services are solely obtainable at preclearance areas in Canada, and in different areas, a passport or a U.S. everlasting resident card is required.[24] These utilizing a World Entry kiosk needn’t fill out a customs declaration card. If the member must see an immigration officer, they get front-of-line privileges (as with all World Entry members).

Vacationers holding a legitimate passport aren’t required to make use of the NEXUS card within the kiosk, however are suggested it’s prudent to hold it on their individual. There isn’t a further value to make use of World Entry, and it may be used all through the NEXUS membership.

Canadian and US residents flying between Canada and the US might use a NEXUS card in lieu of a passport as a result of a NEXUS card is a WHTI compliant doc.[25][26] Nonetheless, Canadian residents with solely a NEXUS card can solely use World Entry kiosks at designated Canadian airports with US preclearance, that are listed under and embrace World Entry self-service kiosks:[22][27]

World Entry kiosks are additionally positioned on the following airports in the USA and internationally:[27]

  • Anchorage – Ted Stevens Worldwide Airport (ANC)
  • Austin – Austin-Bergstrom Worldwide Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington Worldwide Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston-Logan Worldwide Airport (BOS)
  • Burlington Worldwide Airport (BTV) *
  • Charlotte-Douglas Worldwide Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Halfway Worldwide Airport (MDW) *
  • Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Worldwide Airport (CVG)
  • Cleveland Hopkins Worldwide Airport (CLE)
  • Dallas/Ft. Price Worldwide Airport (DFW)
  • Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Fairbanks Worldwide Airport (FAI)
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Worldwide Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
  • Guam Worldwide Airport (GUM)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport (ATL)
  • Honolulu Worldwide Airport (HNL)
  • John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport, New York (JFK)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA) *
  • Lambert – St. Louis Worldwide Airport (STL)
  • Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX)
  • McCarran Worldwide Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA)
  • Milwaukee – Basic Mitchell Worldwide Airport (MKE)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Worldwide Airport (MSP)
  • Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland Worldwide Airport (OAK) *
  • Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO)
  • Orlando-Sanford Worldwide Airport (SFB)
  • Philadelphia Worldwide Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh Worldwide Airport (PIT)
  • Portland Worldwide Airport (PDX)
  • Raleigh-Durham Worldwide Airport (RDU) *
  • Saipan Worldwide Airport (SPN) *
  • Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport (SLC)
  • San Antonio Worldwide Airport (SAT)
  • San Diego Worldwide Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco Worldwide Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose Worldwide Airport (SJC) *
  • San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marin Worldwide Airport (SJU)
  • Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport-SeaTac (SEA)
  • Tampa Worldwide Airport (TPA)
  • Washington-Dulles Worldwide Airport (IAD)
  • Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport (AUH) *
  • Aruba – Queen Beatrix Worldwide Airport (AUA) *
  • Shannon Airport (SNN) *
  • Nassau – Sir Lynden Pindling Worldwide Airport, Bahamas (NAS) *
  • Dublin Airport (DUB) *

* There aren’t any enrollment facilities at these places.

TSA PreCheck[edit]

Canadian and US residents in addition to U.S. everlasting residents[28] who’re NEXUS members might use TSA PreCheck on all collaborating airways, for worldwide and home US flights, by coming into the Customs and Border Safety PASS ID / KTN (Identified Traveler Quantity) from their NEXUS card into their flight reservation info or into their frequent flyer account.

Authorized standing of NEXUS card[edit]

In the USA, a trusted traveler card, resembling NEXUS, is a legitimate secured doc beneath the Western Hemisphere Journey Initiative and could also be utilized by itself to reenter the USA from Canada, together with (within the case of NEXUS particularly) by air. Though the cardboard creates a presumption of nationality, neither US nor Canadian legislation views the NEXUS card as full proof of citizenship. NEXUS playing cards issued after September 2010 are accepted as proof of citizenship (if the cardboard holder is a citizen of both nation), and the traveler is not required to hold the passport.

NEXUS and FAST membership playing cards are accepted as proof of identification and as paperwork that denote citizenship when coming into Canada in any respect land and marine ports of entry. Which means that residents of Canada and the USA who’re NEXUS or FAST members, and are carrying with them legitimate membership playing cards, are not required to hold different supplementary paperwork resembling passports or beginning certificates with them when coming into Canada by boat or by land, when utilizing non-NEXUS or non-FAST lanes.[29]

NEXUS and FAST members who aren’t residents of Canada or the USA are nonetheless required to journey with a passport and proof of everlasting residence, and should current them at similar time to analyzing officer

For type I-9 employment verification, a NEXUS card is a suitable Record B identification doc.[clarification needed][30]

See additionally[edit]


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Additional studying[edit]

Exterior hyperlinks[edit]

  • “NEXUS”. U.S. Customs and Border Safety. Official American website.
  • “NEXUS”. Canada Border Providers Company. Official Canadian website.

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