NEXUS Announces Changes at Canadian Airports
The Canadian Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that it is making changes to the popular NEXUS program at Canadian airports. NEXUS allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada.
The NEXUS kiosks that previously used iris recognition technology are being replaced with new ones that use facial verification technology. The new kiosks have already been installed at Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and Edmonton International Airport.
What is the Nexus Program?
Nexus was introduced years ago to help faciliate crossings between the United States and Canada for pre-approved members. Once you have been interviewed and approved for the Nexus program, your Nexus status will be valid for 5 years. The cost of obtaining your Nexus is $50 USD.
Am I able to renew my Nexus?
Generally speaking, if you have not had any immigration issues or any personal changes, you should be able to renew your Nexus online before the expiration of your current Nexus.
How the new kiosks will save you time
- The new kiosks are user-friendly.
- Ability to quickly tap your NEXUS card at the kiosk when prompted.
- Simplified reporting process (including fewer screens to complete than the old kiosks).
- You can now use the kiosks in groups.
Tips to make your first time using the new kiosks quick and easy
- Before your next trip, make sure that your NEXUS card is activated by logging into the Trusted Traveler Programs application portal. Every NEXUS card needs to be activated, even renewal and replacement cards.
- Once you arrive at the airport, you may be asked to scan your passport at the kiosk so that your photo can be added to your NEXUS membership profile. Have your passport ready and follow all on-screen instructions.
New declaration process
- Declarations will not be completed at the new kiosks. If you have something to declare you must do so verbally, to an officer, at a clearly marked area in the customs hall after using the kiosk.
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadian lawful permanent residents and Mexican nationals who are members of Mexico’s trusted traveler program are eligible. However, there are several grounds of ineligibility for NEXUS. Common reasons for ineligibility include:
- being convicted of any criminal offense or having a pending criminal charge.
- violating any immigration regulations.
- being inadmissible to the United States even when in possession of approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation.
NEXUS was part of the Smart Border Plan between President Bush and PM Chretien in the early 2000’s to allow known travelers to cross the border quickly and easily.