The NEXUS program is designed to expedite border clearance for
qualifying low risk, preapproved travelers travelling between
Canada and the United States. This members only program has many
benefits including dedicated lanes at land, air and sea crossings.
The question that remains is, can someone with a previous
conviction join the NEXUS program? This answer depends on
your criminal history and when your conviction occurred.
FWCanada contacted a representative of the NEXUS program for
clarification on NEXUS' policies on membership and previous
criminality. We were informed that people with a previous criminal
history are only eligible for the program if they have been deemed
rehabilitated by the passage of time. Deemed rehabilitation occurs
10 years after the completion of sentencing for a single,
The conditions that need to be met in ordered to be deemed
rehabilitated by the passage of time are:
Only one conviction on record
Conviction is non serious (equivalent sentence in Canada is
less than 10 years)
10 years have passed since the completion of sentence
Someone with a serious offence or multiple offences may not be
deemed rehabilitated and must have an approved application for
criminal rehabilitation to be able to travel to Canada.
Unfortunately, an approved criminal rehabilitation application does
not grant eligibility to the NEXUS program. Only those who have
been deemed rehabilitated by the passage of time may apply.
Individuals with the following offences also do not qualify for
Drug related offences
Offences where a weapon was used or involved weapons
Serious criminal offences (bodily harm, monetary value over
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