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 designated 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 the CBSA and Department of Homeland Security Web sites or the CBP Web site.
To be eligible for the nexus program, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States. However, please note that permanent residents who are not within an exempted group must have resided in Canada and/or the United States continuously for the last three years. Please visit the nexus Web site for more details.
You may not qualify if one of the following applies:
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 to have 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 complete and submit the application form, you will be invited to make an appointment to visit a nexus enrolment centre for an interview once the initial processing of your application is complete.
The information you provide on your application will be used to determine your eligibility. Please refer to the Canadian Privacy Act and the U.S. Privacy Act.
Each applicant must complete a separate form.
The application process to determine eligibility takes approximately six to eight weeks.
In the online application, some of the information requested is designated as optional. Your eligibility to participate in nexus is not 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 must apply separately from their parents or legal guardians but there is no fee to do so.
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 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.
After the initial processing of your application is complete, you will receive a letter inviting you to set up an appointment for an interview at a nexus enrolment centre. If you applied online, you will receive notification by e-mail.
You will be invited to set up an appointment to visit a nexus enrolment centre once the initial processing of your application is complete. 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:
Any time you enter Canada or the United States, you may be subject to an inspection.
It is recommended that you reapply 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.