A Nexus refers to the Nexus program and Nexus card, which are part of a trusted traveler program jointly operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). This program is designed to streamline international travel between the United States and Canada for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
The Nexus card is an identification card issued to participants of the Nexus program. It serves as proof of identity and membership, granting travelers access to dedicated lanes and kiosks at designated ports of entry. By using these expedited lanes, Nexus cardholders can enjoy benefits such as faster border crossings, expedited security screening at airports, and quicker processing at land and marine border crossings.
To qualify for the Nexus program, individuals must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and meet the eligibility criteria. This includes undergoing background checks, attending an interview, and paying the application fee. Once approved, participants receive their Nexus card, which allows them to take advantage of the program's benefits.
To apply for a Nexus card, you can follow these steps:
1. Visit the official website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), depending on your citizenship.
2. Create an account on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website.
3. Complete the online application form with your personal information, including your name, address, and employment details.
4. Pay the non-refundable application fee, which is currently $50 USD or $50 CAD.
5. Schedule an appointment for an in-person interview at a Nexus Enrollment Center. These centers are located near the U.S.-Canada border.
6. Attend the interview and provide the necessary documentation, such as your passport, proof of residency, and employment information.
7. Undergo a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and a review of your criminal history.
8. If approved, you will receive your Nexus card in the mail.
It's important to note that the Nexus program is designed to expedite border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travelers between the United States and Canada. Therefore, eligibility criteria and requirements may vary. It's recommended to check the official websites for the most up-to-date information and requirements.