Finally an announcement came in favor of US and Canada citizens who intend to apply for the NEXUS program – as both countries have unanimously decided for removing the three years residency requirements – revealed by Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).
Being a frequent traveler program, NEXUS program is jointly developed by United States and Canada for allowing the low-risk travelers to access the land of the countries at border entry points using air and also allowed for using self-service kiosks at designated air, land and water.
The NEXUS program is jointly managed and controlled by CBSA and US Customs and Border Protection – aiming to allow the NEXUS card holders to enter either country quickly and more conveniently.
Commenting on the need of expansion of NEXUS program, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, said, “Appreciable step for expansion of NEXUS program will definitely offer more advantages to the card holders. Besides, the NEXUS membership expansion and increasing the benefits of the program will let the travelers enjoy the expeditious processing at the border.”
Eliminating the three-year residency requirements is certainly a great effort on the course of increasing the membership for the program by attracting even those who were not eligible previously for the said program. On the other hand, both countries will get mutual benefit by increased memberships as it will encourage cross border travel and will also offer economic benefits for both, US and Canada.
The new step will be effective from June 30, 2012 – will extend the eligibility of NEXUS membership to citizens of both countries currently living in abroad or those who recently came back to the US or Canada.
Here are some important highlights for NEXUS program
- NEXUS card holders get facility of using the visa check kiosk and self-serve passport in designated areas at airports in US and Canada
- The card holders are also entitled to avail the benefits of expedite processing at the border