ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The NEXUS mobile enrollment team visited the Greater Rochester International Airport on August 27 and 28, affording area residents a convenient opportunity to complete the sign-up process in their home town. More than 250 applicants took advantage of the event to complete personal interviews with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency officers.
“The mobile enrollment event was a huge success,” said Ronald Menz, port director at Rochester. “Our ability, along with the assistance of the airport director, to bring a mobile enrollment to the Rochester area gives community members, who are only an hour away from the border, the chance to participate in a great government program to expedite cross border travel.”
The NEXUS application process normally requires applicants to visit an enrollment center on the border. Jeff and Barbara Edwards, Fairport, N.Y., were among the new enrollees, saying they looked forward to saving time crossing the border in future visits to Canada, and avoiding traffic lines at the bridges.
“The Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) is excited to have partnered with CBP and CBSA to host this year’s ROC NEXUS enrollment,” said Michael A. Giardino, airport director of aviation. “Rochester airport area travelers responded overwhelmingly to this event, and we are happy to host it again in the future.”
NEXUS is a Trusted Traveler program conducted by CBP and CBSA. In addition to saving time by using NEXUS lanes when crossing to Canada, members also enjoy the additional benefits of TSA PreCheck, and Global Entry. NEXUS enrollment costs $50, and is valid for five years.
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.