NEXUS Trusted Travler Card
The NEXUS Trusted Traveler card is WHTI-compliant document
issued to travelers who frequently cross the U.S. and Canada
border by land or water. NEXUS Trusted traveler program is part of the
three travel programs together that are offered to frequent cross
boarder to US & Canada and US & Mexico. Specifically, NEXUS
Program is a joint Canadaâ€“ United States program to let pre-approved,
low risk travelers cross US-Canada borders quickly and easily than
normal international travelers. NEXUS members now have crossing
privileges at air, land, and marine ports of entry. This program is
under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that pre-approves NEXUS
card holders / members to enter by land, sea, or even air in the
US-Canadian boarders. Both the US and Canadian Citizens may apply for
the said program.
Instead of waiting for long lines and
wait for a long time in border entry points, members NEXUS can be able
to use the self-serve kiosks at the airports, reserved lanes at land
crossings, and phoning border officials in sea ports. This program is
legally and bindingly operated by the Canada Border Service Agency and
the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection.
NEXUS approved applicants are issued a photo identification,
proximity Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card. Participants use
the three modes of passage where they will either present their NEXUS
card or have their iris scanned and make a declaration. This will give
the pre-approved NEXUS members a more simplified and pre-approved
passage to US and Canada boarders.
Benefits of NEXUS Travel Program
A member or a holder of a NEXUS travel card will have the following benefits during border crossing to the US and Canada:
- Expedited (Faster) Passage via NEXUS-dedicated lanes and kiosks in
airports, NEXUS reserved lanes in land crossings, and privilege to call
a marine telephone reporting center to report arrival into the US or
- Cross the US or Canada Border with minimal immigration questioning.
- Save more time and effort for those frequent US and Canada Business travelers.
The NEXUS program 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. Needless to say, if a traveler posts a potential high
risk to enter US or Canada border, they will still be subject to
rigorous immigration questioning.
How to apply for NEXUS
You can apply for your NEXUS using the CPB online application
system named Global Online Enrollment System (Goes), or for Canadian
Citizens, any Canadian Processing Centers. Make sure to bring your
essential supporting documents and identification and citizenship
proofs. The basic fee is US $50 or CN $50 for the processing in GOES
online. If you have been conditionally approved, you should schedule an
appointment for your personal interview. During the interview, you
should go to a NEXUS Enrollment Center. For one applicant, there will
be one application, one fee, and only one interview appointment. So if
you are a group, your application should be individual as well as your
Not every U.S. or Canadian Citizen is entitled in the NEXUS
Travel program. Before being approved as one that is eligible for this
privilege, you are screened by the Canadian and US immigration
rigorously with broad background checks and criminal records search.
There will also be an individual personal interview per appointment
that is required for every applicant that is conditionally approved. So
basically, what does it take to be qualified for NEXUS? And most of all
How much would it cost for the Processing?
Eligibility and Non-Eligibility
Qualified or Eligible travelers that may avail of the NEXUS
program should be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
or of Canada. They should have resided in either or both countries for
the past three years. Also, they should not have any pending criminal
records or law enforcement cases. For those who have been dismissed
form such criminal or law enforcement cases, they should have valid
documents to do so. They should also pass the required background and
criminal record checks made by the US or Canadian Immigration
However, individuals may not qualify or will be non-eligible 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;
- Have been found in violation of customs, agriculture, or immigration law;
- Will not lawfully reside in either Canada or the United States for the term of their NEXUS membership; or
- Fail to meet other requirements of the NEXUS program.
If ever, he or she will be denied of either US or Canada
immigration, then he or she cannot participate in the NEXUS Program.
Only an applicant that has been approved of Both US and Canada is
enabled to be an approved NEXUS member.
NEXUS Program Fees
The application of the NEXUS program can be done online via the
Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) or via Canada Border Service
agency for Canadian and US Citizens. The non-refundable application fee
is US $50 that can be paid through direct debit in a US Bank account or
through a credit card when you apply online. On the other hand, the
non-refundable application fee for NEXUS is CN $50 that can be paid by
check, credit card, or money order to the Canada Border Services Agency
for the processing of an application submitted by regular mail for
After their application online, they will be told if their
application is conditionally approved. If so, they will have to
schedule a personal interview appointment at the NEXUS Enrollment
Centers. After the application has been approved and the applicant has
passed their personal interview at the NEXUS Enrollment Centers, a
photo identification id with an RFID will be mailed to them within 7 to
10 business days. For further inquiries about the NEXUS program they
can also call for NEXUS toll-free information (U.S. and Canada) call
1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).
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