United States - Canada
Nexus Program The
NEXUS alternative inspection program allows pre-screened, low-risk
travelers to be processed with little or no delay by United States
and Canadian border officials. Approved applicants are issued photo-identification
and a proximity card. Participants cross the border in a dedicated
lane, where they present their membership identification and proximity
card, and make a declaration. They are then released, unless chosen
for a selective or random secondary referral.
The U.S. Customs
Service (USCS), the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
(USINS), the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA), and Citizenship
and Immigration Canada (CIC) are cooperating in this venture to
simplify border crossings for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
QUALIFIES FOR NEXUS?
may qualify to participate in NEXUS if they are a citizen or permanent
resident of the United States or Canada, or are a non-permanent
resident who can demonstrate a need to use the NEXUS lanes. However,
individuals may not qualify if they:
to the United States or Canada under applicable immigration laws;
or incomplete information on their application;
convicted of a criminal offense in any country for which they
have not received a pardon;
found in violation of customs or immigration law; or
Fail to meet
other requirements of the NEXUS program.
an individual's application must be approved by both the United
States and Canada. If an individual does not meet the requirements
of the program, their application will be denied.
THE BENEFITS OF NEXUS?
approved to participate in NEXUS receive an identification card
to use at the border that will allows them to:
lanes in the United States and Canada; and
border without routine customs and immigration questioning.
is a harmonized program, applicants complete a single application
NEXUS also allows
United States and Canadian Customs and Immigration officials to
concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk travelers and
goods, which helps to ensure security and integrity at our borders.
IS NEXUS CURRENTLY OPERATIONAL?
Huron, Michigan / Sarnia, Ontario
Opened June 2000
Blaine, Washington / Douglas, British Columbia
Opened June 26, 2002
/ Douglas, Pacific Highway Crossing
June 26, 2002
Point Roberts, Washington / Boundary Bay, British Columbia
Opened July 29, 2002
ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR NEXUS?
NEXUS will be
operational at both the Detroit/Windsor and Buffalo/Fort Erie bridges
beginning in January of 2003 and at the Detroit/Windsor tunnel by
NEXUS will be
expanded to the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and
potentially the Whirlpool Bridge by Spring 2003. NEXUS will also
be expanded to all other high-volume crossings between the two countries
by the end of 2003.
centers will open in Detroit, Michigan on September 9, 2002 and
in Buffalo, New York in October 2002.
For more information
and application forms, please contac the Canada
Customs and Revenue Agency.