NEXUS Application Fee More than Doubles

The price of crossing the border more easily is about to jump.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says the NEXUS program it operates in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection could soon cost more than double today’s price. The CBSA says work is underway to increase the NEXUS application fee from $50 USD to $120 USD effective October 1, 2024, subject to approval of regulatory amendments in the United States and Canada.

The current fee, set more than 20 years ago, no longer covers the cost of the program, officials said.

The new fee would reflect more accurately the cost of administrating the program and the investment required for future program improvements, including technology and infrastructure enhancements. The increased price would work out to US$24 per year for the five-year membership.

Officials said the proposed price hike would help keep up with the high demand for the program and continue to improve the program.

“Since April 2023, we have received over 510,000 applications and completed almost 10,000 interviews every two weeks,” they said.

Applicants are encouraged to book their interview as soon as possible. Appointments are always available on the Trusted Traveller Programs System. Many enrolment centres offer next-day availability for scheduling interviews, allowing applicants to book their appointments quickly.

In anticipation of an increase in demand between now and October, the CBSA and U.S. CBP remain ready to process applications and will continue to make interviews available.

Over the past year, the CBSA and U.S. CBP have:

  • Reduced the inventory of NEXUS interviews by 25% since July 2022.
  • Expanded hours of service at enrolment centres in both Canada and the U.S. to increase the availability of interview appointments.
  • Introduced split interviews at land enrolment centres, offering additional interview options for applicants.
  • Reopened Canadian airport enrolment centres for two-step interviews.
  • Provided flexibility for applicants to complete the interview process, while encouraging them to complete their interviews as soon as possible.

Quick facts

Applicants who have submitted their application and paid the US$50 fee, but have not completed their enrolment interviews by October 1, 2024, will not have to pay the proposed US$120 fee.

The proposed fee aligns with the fee harmonization across other Trusted Traveller Programs administered by U.S. CBP.

The NEXUS program currently has over 1.8 million members, with the majority of members being Canadian.

NEXUS cards allow members to:

  • use self-serve NEXUS kiosks or eGates when entering Canada at nine major international airports
  • use dedicated vehicle lanes at 20 designated land border crossings
  • use U.S. Global Entry kiosks for entry into the U.S.- receive expedited clearance through CATSA security screening lines at major and select mid-sized airports in Canada
  • receive expedited clearance through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Pre-Check lines at over 200 participating U.S. airports-
  • clear the border by boat using the Telephone Reporting Centre and pre-register your arrival at 426 designated sites.
    Associated links

NEXUS: Trusted traveller program for travel by air, land and boat

NEXUS | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)

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