What is NEXUS? What are the benefits of being a member?

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If you are a frequent traveler, chances are you have noticed the NEXUS sign at most ports of entry to Canada or the United States. You may have also noted that compared to the usual long lines we see at immigration, NEXUS lanes seem quick and fast. If you’re curious about NEXUS and how it can benefit you, read on:

What is NEXUS?

Nexus is one of the Trusted Traveler Programs that can help you travel more easily to and from Canada and the United States. It is a government program that allows low-risk pre-screened travelers expedited processing. Members are given a card which they use at dedicated lanes and airport kiosks, as well as land and sea border checkpoints. You can also receive advance clearance by using pre-check lines. NEXUS is valid for air, sea and land travel.

If you often travel to the US and back and hate long lines and other inconveniences at the border, NEXUS will enable you to have a fast and easy entry. Note, however, that you may still be subject for inspection anytime you enter Canada or the US. If you travel with your family, each member, including kids, must also have a NEXUS card to have expedited processing.

Who are eligible to apply:

  1. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United States. Mexican nationals who are members of the Viajero Confiable Program.
  2. Permanent residents of Canada and the US must have been legal residents of Canada and the US for at least three years before application. But there are exemptions.
  3. Be admissible to Canada and the US under applicable immigration laws.
  4. Satisfy the NEXUS eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for NEXUS?

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Gather the required documents.
  3. Apply online.
  4. Pay the processing fee of US$50 (2019).
  5. Applicants must pass pre-screening and background checks. Once your application has received conditional approval, you will be scheduled for an interview. You will be contacted through your account online.

Your NEXUS card is valid for five years. To renew your membership, you can go online to apply and pay the fee. If you lost or damaged your NEXUS card and need a replacement, go to the Trusted Traveler Program system to request for a replacement. The fee is US$25.

If you have more questions about the program, go to this page: Frequently Asked Questions about the NEXUS Program.
Sources: Canada Border Services Agency (FAQ on NEXUS); Join NEXUS, CBSA; NEXUS, Julia Kagan (Reviewer), Investopedia; and NEXUS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Accessed August 13, 2019.

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