Big news frequent flyers! As announced by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), NEXUS will be launching a new interview option in hopes of increasing the enrolment capacity for new and renewing NEXUS members.
Whether it’s for work, family or otherwise, those who travel to and from the United States often, could be granted quicker, easier access as long as they can prove they are to be trusted through a new two-step process.
As outlined in an official press release, this new enrollment option for air travellers should be available by the spring of 2023 and will require applicants to complete two separate interviews.
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The #CBSA and @CBP are moving forward with a new option to increase the enrolment capacity for new and renewing #NEXUS members.
By Spring 2023, interviews can be booked at reopened Canadian airport enrolment centres.
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— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) January 25, 2023
“The process begins with the Canadian portion of the NEXUS interview conducted by CBSA officers at Canadian airport enrolment centres. Applicants must book an appointment online for this step,” they wrote.
“The U.S. portion of the NEXUS interview will be conducted by CBP officers in the preclearance area of a Canadian airport before the applicant departs for the U.S. Applicants will not need to schedule appointments for the U.S. interview but are encouraged to build in time to their travel plans to allow for this interview to take place before their departure. The CBP interview can occur only after the CBSA portion of the interview has been completed and the information has been shared with CBP.”
If, of course, you were hoping to get your NEXUS card the old-school way, you’ll still be able to book a joint interview with a representative from both border control agencies at a land border enrollment centre in the United States.
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Either way, NEXUS memberships are valid for 5 years and cost $50 USD.
To be eligible for NEXUS you must:
- be admissible to Canada and the U.S. under immigration laws
- provide true and complete information on your application
- not have violated customs, immigration or agriculture laws
Interested? For more information or to begin the application process, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website now. Good luck and safe travels!
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