Thousands of people are waiting for the Covid-19 travel restrictions to be lifted before resuming travel between Canada and the United States. Pre-pandemic, thousands of travelers used to travel between Canada and the US every day for both family and business reasons.
It's just a matter of time before Canada and the US borders are open to travelers again. Therefore, if you are planning to travel to Canada in the coming months, then you can opt for expedited processing through pre-screening programs such as NEXUS.
What is the NEXUS Program?
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating for the NEXUS program to simplify border crossings while enhancing security for both members.
According to estimates made by the CBSA, 1.4 million of the 1.7 million NEXUS cardholders are Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The NEXUS program is for frequent travelers between the US and Canada border who want a more seamless experience of crossing the border by going through prior pre-screening.
NEXUS members use designated lanes at the northern border Ports of Entry (POE). Members are required to pay one fee for having crossing privileges at air, land and marine POE that allow the program.
Who Is Eligible for the NEXUS Program?
The NEXUS program is for Canadian, US and Mexican nationals (citizens or permanent residents) who are members of Mexico’s trusted traveler program in Canada and in the US. Members under the age of 18 will need consent from their parents or guardians.
The following reasons will make you ineligible for the NEXUS program:
- Providing false or misleading information
- Having past criminal convictions or a pending criminal charge or outstanding warrant (including driving under the influence)
- Have been found in violation of any customs, immigration or agricultural regulations or laws in any participating country
- Under an ongoing investigation by any federal, state or local law enforcement agency
- Inadmissible to the US under immigration regulations, even after obtaining approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation
- Unable to convince a CBP or CBSA official of your low-risk status