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Apply for, renew or replace a NEXUS card: Who is eligible

U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for a NEXUS membership. Mexican nationals who are members of the Viajero Confiable program may also apply.

Note Minors can be enrolled in the NEXUS program even if their parents or legal guardians are not members.

If you are a permanent resident, you must have been a legal resident of Canada or the U.S. for at least 3 years before applying. You are exempt from the 3-year residency rule if you are:

  • serving in the American armed forces in a foreign country
  • a family member of a person serving in:
    • the Canadian or American armed forces in a foreign country, or
    • a Canadian or American diplomatic mission or consular post in a foreign country

NEXUS program conditions

To be eligible for NEXUS you must:

  • be admissible to Canada and the U.S. under immigration laws
  • provide true and complete information on your application
  • not have violated customs, immigration or agriculture laws

You may not be eligible for NEXUS if you have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country for which a pardon was not granted.

All successful applicants must agree to and abide with the full terms and conditions of the NEXUS program.

Risk assessments

Your application must be approved by both the CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The CBSA and U.S. CBP will each perform a risk assessment to determine whether you meet all requirements to participate in NEXUS.

If you pass the risk assessments, you will need to complete the interview to finalize your membership.

During the background check, you may be questioned about any arrests that could make you ineligible for the program.

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