WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency will hold a Trusted Traveler enrollment event to expedite pending NEXUS applications at the Toronto preclearance facility beginning next month.
CBP and the CBSA anticipate processing more than 5,500 pending applications for the program. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada.
"This is a great example of the cooperative partnership between the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Canadian Border Services Agency and CBP to make the passenger arrival process into the United States more streamlined, efficient and user-friendly,” said Donald Anderson, port director for CBP Toronto Preclearance. “The Trusted Traveler Programs are not only a benefit to the traveling public but also to CBP by allowing for a greater focus on individuals that may present a threat to America or Canada.”
The event begins on Oct. 14 and runs through Oct. 31. Trusted Traveler applicants with conditional approval from both CBP and CBSA will receive an email notice next week to schedule their appointment. Applicants who have already scheduled an appointment can reschedule for a time during the event.
CBP and CBSA officers will work in pairs for the interview process to ensure efficient processing of each application. A similar event was held at the Vancouver preclearance facility last year that resulted in the processing of more than 14,000 Global Enrollment applications.
NEXUS was launched in 2000 as a joint effort between CBP and the CBSA and has enrolled more than one million members. At land border crossings, NEXUS members proceed to dedicated NEXUS only lanes and present their NEXUS photo-identification cards. NEXUS members also enjoy the benefits of dedicated security screening lines at select Canadian and U.S. airports, including TSA Pre✓™ lanes, as well as access to Global Entry kiosks at no additional cost. The increased membership of the NEXUS program further encourages cross-border travel, supporting both American and Canadian economies.
Applications can be submitted using the CBP online application system, Global Online Enrollment Systems GOES, or by mailing a paper application to one of the Canadian Processing Centers. For more information visit NEXUS.
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.