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U.S. Immigration: NEXUS Passes

If you travel between Canada and the United States often, a NEXUS pass can help ease your border crossings. Although NEXUS is a great option for avoiding long lines and difficulties at customs, pass-holders must go through a strict screening and interview process to qualify.

Whether you wish to apply for a NEXUS pass or want to know why your application to the program has been denied, an experienced immigration lawyer can help. Contact our team at Border Solutions Law Group today for help answering your questions about NEXUS applications and your eligibility.

What is a NEXUS Pass?

NEXUS is a trusted traveller program between Canada and the United States designed to speed up border crossings for pre-approved pass holders. The program is run jointly by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Individuals who hold NEXUS passes can use self-service NEXUS kiosks and other dedicated lanes to avoid long lineups and questioning upon their arrival in the U.S. or Canada. A NEXUS pass can be helpful if you live close to a Canada-U.S. border or travel frequently between countries for business or pleasure.

How to Get a NEXUS Pass

The application process for a NEXUS pass involves a thorough screening and interview process. To obtain or maintain trusted traveller status, applicants may not have:

  • Any criminal history (in most cases)
  • Any immigration violations
  • Any NEXUS program violations
  • And more

It can be difficult to acquire a NEXUS pass due to the program’s stringent regulations. If your NEXUS application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. If your application is denied in Canada, you may request a review of the CBSA’s finding within 90 days of the rejection. If your application is denied by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you may request a review by the U.S. ombudsman.

These procedures must also be followed if your NEXUS membership is cancelled and you wish to reapply for the program. Existing members may have their passes revoked at any time for violating NEXUS terms and conditions (including those listed above), even if the violation occurred without the member’s knowledge.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me With My NEXUS Application?

Because of the rigorous application process, a lawyer can be of great help if you intend to apply or reapply for a NEXUS pass. You may enlist the help of a lawyer to prepare the documentation required for your initial NEXUS application.

A lawyer may be especially helpful if you decide to undergo the appeals process after your initial application is denied. Those versed in NEXUS regulations can assess whether you have a realistic chance of qualifying for membership in order to maximize your time and money. If your lawyer believes your application has potential, they can help you prepare your appeal and, if necessary, argue it in court for you.

Contact Our Canada and U.S. Immigration Lawyers Today

Submitting applications and appeals for a NEXUS pass can be a complicated process due to the strict nature of the program. With an experienced immigration lawyer, you can apply for your membership with more confidence. Whether you wish to apply, appeal a rejection, or reapply for a cancelled membership, our team at Border Solutions Law Group is available to help. Contact us at our offices in Vancouver, BC, or Bellingham, Washington, to schedule a consultation today.

Disclaimer: For specific legal advice on your immigration law matter, please consult with an immigration lawyer. The content in this article is not intended to act as legal advice and is instead intended to act as a general overview of a legal topic.