BUFFALO, N.Y. – The NEXUS mobile enrollment team joined the Buffalo Bills to invite area residents to visit Ralph Wilson stadium and sign up for NEXUS on December 29. More than 80 applicants took advantage of the event to complete personal interviews with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency officers.
“The Bills are always interested in ways to improve the game day experience, and NEXUS is a more efficient process to help fans cross the border when traveling to and from Bills games,” said Andy Major, Buffalo Bills vice president of operations and guest experience. “We truly appreciate working together with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Protection Service teams, and we look forward to further promoting this great opportunity for fans to improve their travel times across the border.”
“The mobile enrollment event at Ralph Wilson Stadium was a huge success,” said Mark MacVittie, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo. “The partnership with the Buffalo Bills has been tremendous and has helped promote and increase participation in the NEXUS Trusted Traveler program. NEXUS membership helps fans get to the games faster and also helps reduce border wait times throughout the year.”
As part of the event, the Buffalo Bills gave away autographed photos, and a Hamburg, N.Y., resident was the raffle winner of a Mario Williams autographed football.
The NEXUS application process normally requires applicants to visit an enrollment center either in Ft. Erie or Niagara Falls. The mobile enrollment event gave applicants the chance to take advantage of an expedited vetting process which normally takes up to 6 weeks and then participate in an interview at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.