NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.
To become a member of this program, you must do the following:
If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
Membership will enable you to save time by:
For Canadian and U.S. citizens, NEXUS membership cards also fulfill the travel document requirements of the WHTI. A NEXUS membership card may be used as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States by air when used at kiosks at designated airports in Canada or at all land and water ports of entry. For detailed information on the WHTI, visit www.cbsa.gc.ca and www.dhs.gov or www.cbp.gov.
You may qualify to participate in NEXUS if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States and have lived in Canada and/or the United States continuously for the last three years.
You may not qualify if you:
Both Canada and the United States must approve your application for you to become a member of NEXUS. If you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will be denied.
Children under the age of 18 need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enrol in NEXUS. At the interview, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent or guardian. The parent or guardian needs documentary evidence of custody with no restrictions on removal from the custodial jurisdiction. The documents presented to the officer at the NEXUS enrolment centre have to establish that the adult or adults are the parents or legal guardians. Children can be enrolled in NEXUS even if their parents or guardians are not members of NEXUS.
Your participation in NEXUS is strictly voluntary. If you choose to complete the application form, the information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility. Please refer to the Canadian Privacy Act and the U.S. Privacy Act, both of which can be found at www.nexus.gc.ca.
Each applicant must complete a separate form.
The application process to determine eligibility takes approximately six to eight weeks.
During the online application process, some of the information requested will be designated as optional. Your eligibility to participate in NEXUS will not be affected by whether you provide the optional information.
Complete the attached NEXUS application and mail it, together with the processing fee, to the address indicated on the form.
U.S. citizens must send their application form to the Niagara Falls office.
For each five-year NEXUS membership, there is a non-refundable processing fee. Children under the age of 18 who apply, and are eligible, are admitted to the program free of charge.
Online applications can be paid only by credit card and are processed only in U.S. funds.
You must provide acceptable proof of your citizenship and admissibility, and a second document to demonstrate your current place of residence.
If applying by mail, do not send original documents as they will not be returned to you. Please send only photocopies with your completed application form.
Whether you have applied online or by mail, you will need to bring the original copies of your mandatory documents to the NEXUS enrolment centre for your final processing interview.
To demonstrate that you are a Canadian or U.S. citizen, you must provide one of the following documents:
If you are not a Canadian or U.S. citizen, but you are a Canadian or U.S. permanent resident, you must provide one of the following documents:
If you are working or studying in Canada or the United States, you must provide one of the following documents:
All applicants must demonstrate proof of their current place of residence by providing a photocopy of one of the following documents:
If the application is for a child under the age of 18 who will be travelling with a non-custodial adult, a photocopy of supporting documents, such as a court order or a letter of authorization, must be attached to the application.
If you do not provide true, accurate and complete information in your NEXUS application, your membership may be denied. There are severe penalties for knowingly and wilfully falsifying or concealing material facts, or using any false document in the application. Making a false representation may also result in the denial of any other application you may make for any benefit under U.S. immigration laws.
CBSA and U.S. CBP officers will check the information you have provided in your application to make sure you meet the requirements of customs and immigration legislation. Criminal information databases will also be used.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and your application is approved, you will receive a letter inviting you to visit a NEXUS enrolment centre to complete the enrolment process. If you applied online, you will receive notification by e-mail. A complete list of NEXUS enrolment centres can be found online at www.nexus.gc.ca.
You will be notified if you do not meet the eligibility criteria.
Your membership is finalized at a NEXUS enrolment centre. When you report to the enrolment centre, a further review of your information and a full interview will occur.
The officer will do the following:
If you are accepted into NEXUS, the officer will do the following:
Any time you enter Canada or the United States, you may be randomly selected for an inspection.
In order to ensure uninterrupted passage privileges, you must re-apply to the NEXUS program approximately three months before your membership expires. Your membership in NEXUS is valid for five years.
For each five-year NEXUS membership, there is a non-refundable processing fee. Membership renewal for children under the age of 18 is free of charge.
For more information about NEXUS, call 1-866-NEXUS26 (1-866-639-8726) or visit the NEXUS Web site at www.nexus.gc.ca.
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