Frequent travelers may get a break with increased benefits to NEXUS members, streamlining the NEXUS membership renewal process and the launch of a plan to increase NEXUS membership - all announced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
The moves are part of the agencies delivering on key commitments under the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competiveness.
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials across the U.S.-Canada border at designated air, land and marine locations.
“CBP and CBSA are working together to expand NEXUS membership and enhance its benefits, to ensure more pre-screened travelers enjoy expedited processing at the border,” said CBP Commissioner David Aguilar. “This is just one of a number of initiatives the United States and Canada are undertaking as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan that will help facilitate lawful trade and travel while enhancing security."
Delivering on their commitment to streamline the membership renewal process for the NEXUS program, the CBP and CBSA and will waive the interview for members who have not had changes to their information and have maintained their low-risk status.
The United States and Canada also announced they have begun enrollment blitzes to expedite the processing of NEXUS applications and have launched an outreach and awareness plan to increase membership in NEXUS.
Earlier this year, additional benefits were announced including a new trusted traveler kiosk at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to expedite passage for members flying into Canada; and a NEXUS lane at the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge.
Enhancements to the NEXUS program are critical to facilitating the lawful flow of pre-approved, low-risk travelers while enabling a focus on people about whom we know the least, the agencies said. Increased membership further encourages cross-border travel, supporting both American and Canadian economies.