NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, approved travelers into Canada and the United States. By paying one fee, NEXUS members have crossing privileges at air, land, and marine ports of entry that support the program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security.
To apply for membership in the NEXUS program:
- Use the Trusted Travelers Programs (TTP) website;
- Submit an application and go through a registration process;
- Satisfy the eligibility criteria;
- Be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
- Pass risk assessments by both countries.
The application-processing fee of US $50 per adult applicant is non-refundable. Children under the age of 18 must also apply and, if eligible, are admitted to the program free of charge. Once approved, membership is valid for five years. For more information regarding the program requirements, please visit the NEXUS Program page.
Once the risk assessment by the United States and Canada is complete, you will receive an email on the dashboard of your TTP account. When this notification is received, you will be “conditionally approved” and eligible to schedule an interview at a NEXUS enrollment center to complete the application process. Once approved, you must have your iris captured in order to use the NEXUS kiosks to enter Canada,. To have your iris captured, travel to the Canadian airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, or select land enrollment centers. Please visit http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/location-eng.html for additional information.