The NEXUS alternative inspection program has been completely harmonized and integrated into a single program. NEXUS members now have crossing privileges at any air, land, and marine ports of entry. Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the NEXUS card has been approved as an alternative to the passport for air travel into the United States for US and Canadian citizens.
NEXUS will be expanded to seven airports in Canada during 2007. NEXUS has been established at the Canadian Preclearance airports in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax. NEXUS will be expanded to Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg by September 2007.
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low risk travelers to be processed with little or no delay by United States and Canadian officials at designated highway lanes at high volume border crossing locations, at a NEXUS kiosk at the Canadian Preclearance airports, and at certain marine reporting locations in the Great Lakes and Seattle, Washington regions. Approved applicants are issued a photo-identification/proximity card. Participants use the three modes of passage where they will present their NEXUS card and make a declaration. They are then released, unless chosen for a selective or random secondary referral.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is cooperating in this venture to simplify passage for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
Who Qualifies For NEXUS?
Individuals may qualify to participate in NEXUS if they are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, residing in either country, or if they are a citizen of a country other than Canada or the United States who plans to temporarily reside lawfully in Canada or the United States for the term of their NEXUS membership and who pass criminal history and law enforcement checks. However, individuals may not qualify if they:
- Are inadmissible to the United States or Canada under applicable immigration laws
- Provide false or incomplete information on their application
- Have been convicted of a criminal offense in any country for which they have not received a pardon
- Have been found in violation of customs or immigration law
- Will not lawfully reside in either Canada or the United States for the term of their NEXUS membership
- Fail to meet other requirements of the NEXUS program
To participate, both the United States and Canada must approve an individual's application. Denial of an application by either country will keep an individual from participating in the NEXUS program.
What Are The Benefits Of NEXUS?
Individuals approved to participate in NEXUS receive an identification card that allows them to:
- Use NEXUS-dedicated lanes, kiosks, and a marine telephone reporting center to report their arrival into the United States and Canada
- Cross the border with a minimum of customs and immigration questioning
NEXUS is a harmonized program and applicants need to complete a single application and pay one fee. This form can be submitted on-line via the Global On-Line Enrollment (GOES), mailed or faxed. Qualified applicants are required to come to a NEXUS Enrollment Center only once, for an interview and issuance of a photo-identification card. NEXUS allows United States and Canadian border agencies to concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk travelers and goods, which helps to ensure the security and integrity of our borders.
NEXUS allows United States and Canadian border agencies to concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk travelers and goods, which helps to ensure the security and integrity of our borders.
How Do I Apply?
NEXUS is a bi-national program. Applications can be submitted through GOES or sent to a Canadian Customs Processing Center (CPC). Payment must be made at the time of application. The processing fee for a 5-year membership is $50 US or $80 Canadian. Applicants who pay with a U.S. credit card through GOES will pay $50. If an applicant submits a credit card payment to the CPC, the cost may be more or less than $50 US, depending on the exchange rate. U.S. dollar payments may also be sent by international money order.
Obtaining a NEXUS Pass via the Internet
You may apply for a NEXUS Pass on the internet at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website
10am - 3pm Monday -Thursday
8am - 4pm Monday -Thursday
8am - 4pm Monday -Wednesday
8am - 8pm Thursday -Friday
8am - 4pm Saturday
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
9am - 4pm Monday-Friday
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
8am - 4pm Monday-Friday
Montreal, Quebec Canada
9am - 4pm Monday-Friday
For further Information about the NEXUS program contact the US Customs and Border Website