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Encyclopedia > NEXUS (frequent traveller program)
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NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. The program applies to those who enter either country via air, land or marine mode. Members of the program can avoid long waits, which can be common at the border, by using automated NEXUS self-serve kiosks in designated areas at participating international airports, using dedicated lanes at the land border, and by reporting to border officials by phone in the marine mode. This program is operated by both the Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Customs and Border Protection. The carrying of a NEXUS membership card meets the requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative when used at a NEXUS kiosk [1] . Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) (French: Agence des services frontaliers du Canada - ASFC) is responsible for Canadas border operations. ... U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a bureau of the United States Department of Homeland Security, is charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. trade laws. ...



Only citizens and permanent residents of either Canada or the United States can apply for the NEXUS program and have lived in one of these countries continuously for the last three years. An applicant must be able to pass any background check that is required by each country and pay the required fee to process the application. The fee is waived for any applicant under 18 years of age. Before anyone is admitted to the program, they are interviewed by both Canadian and American authorities where their documentation is checked, and the applicant is fingerprinted, photographed and has his irises digitally photographed. A card is then issued and an explanation of what the program entails.


Although NEXUS speeds up the screening process for participants, they are still subject to all the regular standard border checks and procedures. Declarations, if any, must be made to a customs officer and participants are prohibited from transporting certain items across the border. Certain declarations made by NEXUS travellers must be made via the regular lane. Another condition is that the NEXUS lane is utilized only by those who are in the program, i.e a NEXUS traveller cannot carry a non-NEXUS traveller including children. After five years, the NEXUS application must be renewed. Although the rules that govern NEXUS participants are not complex, they are strictly enforced and infractions can result in expulsion from the program or criminal prosecution.


NEXUS is only used at certain ports of entry, mostly between major cities on both sides of the border.

For air travellers, NEXUS is offered at the following airports:

For land travallers, NEXUS is offered at the following border crossings: Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR, ICAO: CYVR) is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 15 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport or Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (Laéroport international Macdonald-Cartier in French), (IATA: YOW, ICAO: CYOW), serves Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

For marine travellers, NEXUS members can report to approximately 450 sites [2] Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... NY redirects here. ... The Blue Water Bridge is a twin-span bridge that spans the St. ... Sarnia is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada (city population 71,419, census area population 88,793, in 2006). ... Port Huron is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Ambassador Bridge from the Canadian side of the Detroit River The Ambassador Bridge is a privately owned suspension bridge that connects Detroit, Michigan, in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: The river and the land sustain us. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel connects Detroit, Michigan in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. ... The Peace Bridge (42°54′25″N, 78°54′20″W) is an arch bridge that consists of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker through-truss which spans the Black Rock Canal on the American side of the river. ... Location of Fort Erie in the Niagara Region Fort Erie (2001 population 28,143) is a town on the Niagara River in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown Area  - City 52. ... Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls The Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is a world-famous tourist site. ... Skyline of Niagara Falls, Canada, as seen from the Embassy Suites hotel. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, commonly called the Whirlpool Bridge or Lower Bridge, is a spandrel braced, riveted, two-hinged arch bridge. ... Skyline of Niagara Falls, Canada, as seen from the Embassy Suites hotel. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... NY redirects here. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 45th  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ... Champlain can refer to a number of things named after explorer Samuel de Champlain Champlain (village), New York Champlain (town), New York Champlain, Ontario Champlain, Quebec Lake Champlain Champlain Valley Champlain Sea Champlain College, Vermont school Champlain Regional College, Quebec CEGEP Samuel de Champlain, the explorer Category: ... Highgate, Vermont Highgate is a town located in Franklin County, Vermont. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The Peace Arch border. ... Surrey is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia that is within the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), and geographically at the centre of the larger region known as the Lower Mainland of BC. It is the provinces second-largest city by population, surpassed only by Vancouver. ... Nickname: The Peace Arch city Location in the state of Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Whatcom County Incorporated May 20, 1890 Area  - City  8. ... Nickname: The Peace Arch city Location in the state of Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Whatcom County Incorporated May 20, 1890 Area  - City  8. ... Boundary Bay is situated on the Pacific coast of North America on the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington. ... Aerial shot of the southwest corner of Point Roberts, WA; showing in the background is the towns marina. ...

See also

The Canadian Passenger Accelerated Service System (CANPASS) is a suite of Canada Border Services Agency programs in place to streamline customs and immigration clearance for pre-screened, low-risk, frequent travelers. ...

External links

  • Canadian NEXUS Website
  • NEXUS Highway Program Celebrates 100,000th Member - CBP.gov (Thursday, September 21, 2006)
  • Canada's New Government announces harmonization of NEXUS traveller programs (December 14, 2006)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Nexus Integration - CBP.gov (12/14/2006)



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