Do you travel a lot? Are you tired of waiting in long
lines for security screening? How about long waits when
crossing the border? If so, a Nexus pass might be right for
Nexus is a simplified pre-approval program designed for low-risk
travelers and is jointly administered by the Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) and the United States Customs and Border Protection
The program gives pre-approved travelers expedited processing
through designated airports and land border crossings between the
United States and Canada. Benefits include:
A self-serve kiosk to clear customs and immigration when
entering Canada or the United States
Express clearance through "trusted traveler" Canadian
Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screening lines at
Canada's eight major airports and select mid-sized
Express clearance through US Transportation and Security
Administration (TSA) PreCheck lines at 27 US airports
Fast and simple entry through dedicated lanes at designated
land border crossings between Canada and the United States
In order to qualify for the program travelers must:
Comply with admissions requirements for both countries
Have no criminal record
Have no violations of customs or immigration law
Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or a citizen or
resident alien of the United States
Have lived in Canada or the United States for the past three
consecutive years (some exemptions are available to this
The process starts with a simple application, which can be
completed and submitted online or printed and mailed to a
processing center. After security screening and a criminal
background check by both US and Canadian authorities, applicants
are then invited to an interview in order to complete the process.
The interview takes place at the nearest airport and is conducted
with a representative of both the CBSA and the US CBP. During the
interview you will be asked questions about your application and
the documents you provided will be reviewed. If successful,
the interviewing officer will explain the program to you and take a
digital photograph of you for your Nexus pass. In addition, a
digital scan of your irises will be taken in order to verify your
identity at self-serve kiosks.
It's that simple. There is a non-refundable $50 fee to
apply and your Nexus pass is valid for 5 years.
If you travel a lot, or even just a little, the investment of
$50 and a single trip to the airport can pay dividends in saved
time and stress over the lifetime of your nexus pass. Start
the application here.
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