The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cooperate in a joint venture called NEXUS to simplify border crossing for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.
This is especially useful for people who travel a lot through the airport. To qualify for this program, one must complete the following steps:
- Submit an application
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States
- Be admissible in Canada and the United States
- Pass risk assessments by both countries
- Be approved by both Canada and the United States to become a member of NEXUS
- Pay a $50 fee that is good for a 5-year membership
Once approved, you will receive a membership identification card that can be used at air, land and marine ports of entry.
The benefits of being a member are:
- Ability to use the Trusted Traveller Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Security Line at major and select medium-sized Canadian airports
- Ability to use automated self-serve kiosks in dedicated areas at designated international airports
- Ability to use designated lanes at land borders
- Ability to reporting to border officers by phone in advance of your arrival at marine ports
Children under the age of 18 require 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. There are no fees for applicants under the age of 18.
This may seem like a time-consuming process to qualify for NEXUS, but it can be worthwhile for people who travel often between the two countries and spend a lot of time a boarding crossings.