A NEXUS membership is available to low risk frequent travellers
between the USA and Canada and serves to expedite their wait times
when crossing the border. However, past criminality may affect your
ability to apply for or maintain a NEXUS card.
Travellers with NEXUS cards have access to priority lanes and
faster security processing at airports and priority car lanes at
land crossings. As such, NEXUS is very popular for business
travellers or frequent travellers.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to be
eligible to apply for a NEXUS card, an individual must submit an
application and undergo registration, satisfy eligibility criteria,
be admissible to both Canada and the United States, and pass risk
assessments by both countries.
In order to be eligible, you must be a permanent resident or
citizen of Canada or the United States. No longer however, do you
need to have spent three years actually living in one of these
nations. Both Canada and the United States must approve your
application in order to obtain a NEXUS card.
However, you may not qualify if you are
criminally or otherwise inadmissible to one of the
nations. If you are an American with a criminal history including
drinking and driving (DUI or DWI) you may be unable to get a NEXUS
card. This is especially the case if the charge is less than 10
years old. Additionally, two or more DUIs will also make you more
likely to be ineligible. If you are arrested while
holding a NEXUS card it is possible that your card may be revoked,
and it is likely that you may be denied a renewal.
If you apply and are denied a NEXUS card, it is likely that you
will also be turned away at the Canadian border. The application
process itself will bring to light any past indiscretions and bring
them to the attention of border officers. There is always the
possibility of being turned away due to criminal inadmissibility
but this likelihood is heightened if you have also failed to
acquire a NEXUS card.
Children under the age of 18 need parental consent to get a
NEXUS card, but their parents themselves do not need to be NEXUS
If you are criminally inadmissible to Canada, you will need
Temporary Resident Permit or
Criminal Rehabilitation to enter. Note that if you get
Criminal Rehabilitation, this may help you to apply for a NEXUS
card even if you were previously ineligible. For more
information on these options or to learn more about NEXUS and
travelling to Canada, please fill out our free online assessment
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