DEFINITION OF ‘NEXUS’
A government-sponsored Trusted Traveller Program that allows pre-screened U.S. and Canadian citizens to experience expedited border crossings into the United States and Canada with less immigration and customs questioning. NEXUS is valid for air, land and sea travel, and a NEXUS ID can be used in lieu of a passport. NEXUS also helps the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reduce travel risks by increasing the number of known safe travellers.
INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS ‘NEXUS’
NEXUS members experience more efficient border crossings between the United States and Canada through dedicated lanes and airport kiosks and at land and sea border checkpoints. NEXUS members also don’t have to remove their shoes, belts or light outerwear for airport security screenings and can keep their laptops and 3-1-1 compliant bag of liquids in their carry-on bags.
NEXUS applicants must pay a $50 fee (USD or CND) and submit to a background check and a personal interview. If approved by both the U.S. and Canadian governments, applicants receive a NEXUS ID card with their photo and Radio Frequency Identification Document (RFID) functionality. NEXUS participants can also have their irises scanned to use as an alternative form of identification at border crossings.
NEXUS members can use the Global Entry and TSA PreCheck traveller programs without applying separately to them. And Global Entry members can use the NEXUS program to cross the border from Canada into the United States without becoming NEXUS members. But expedited crossing from the United States into Canada requires NEXUS membership.
NEXUS is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent U.S. residents, Canadian citizens and lawful permanent residents of Canada. Individuals with a criminal history, customs violations or immigration violations – or who do not meet criteria for admission to the United States or Canada – may not be approved for NEXUS. Either country can deny an individual’s application, but both must approve it.