What is a Nexus Card?
The Nexus Program is designed to make it faster in the border clearance process, pre-approved travellers into the United States & Canada. Under the Nexus card program, the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs/Border Protection have cooperated to create a joint venture to simplify border crossing while seeking security.
The Nexus program acts as a substitution for a passport to enter into the United States of America for Canadian citizens and for U.S citizens entering Canada. It meets the requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
What are the Nexus Benefits
Those who have been approved to take part in the Nexus program will receive a membership ID card to use upon entrance to The United States of America or Canada at designated Nexus Road, Air and marine ports of entry.
NEXUS benefits its participants in the following ways:
- Self-serve Nexus kiosks at designated international airports make it much easy & faster for those using the automated system
- Nexus members are able to use designated lanes at the land border.
- In marine transportation, Nexus card holders are able to report to border officers by phone prior to arrival.
- The Nexus Card offers the Trusted Traveller Canadian Air Transport Security Authority . Security Line at Canadian airports which help expedite the boarding security screening.
Because the Nexus Program satisfies the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requirements, Cardholders can use their membership as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States. This is available by air and at all land and marine entries.
Who can apply for the Nexus Card?
Those who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the United States and have continuously lived in both or either countries for the last three years are eligible to apply.
You may not be eligible for a Nexus card if you fall into any one of the following categories.
- If you are inadmissible to Canada or the U.S. under applicable immigration laws.
- If you have provided false or incomplete information on your application on an intentional basis
- If you have been convicted of a serious criminal offense in any country and you have not received a pardon.
- If you have any record of violation of customs, immigration or agriculture law.
- You have failed to meet the other Nexus requirements.
Because the Nexus program is a partnership between the United State of America and Canada, your application must be approved by both countries. Nexus application can be denied if you do not meet all of the requirements.
The consent of a parent or legal guardian is required to enroll in Nexus for those Children who are under the age of eighteen
Children under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and the individual.
The documents must prove that the adult(s) are the parents or legal guardians. Even if the child’s parents or guardians are not Nexus Card members, they are still eligible for Nexus Card membership.