Canada-U.S. Border Crossing Pilot Project Offers Hope for Stalled NEXUS Program

A pilot project underway since late SEP at the Thousand Islands border crossing between Ontario and New York state marks the first signs of life for a NEXUS enrolment centre north of the border since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the pilot, NEXUS applicants are interviewed in-person by a Canada Border Services Agency officer before crossing the border to sit down with an agent from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and to be photographed and fingerprinted.

The traditional NEXUS application interview is jointly conducted by officers from the two agencies in the same room.

The Globe reports 49,482 new, renewed or replacement NEXUS cards were issued between 06OCT and 05NOV – considered progress, but a far cry from the current backlog of more than 330,000 applications.

The de-coupling of NEXUS interviews is seen as one potential option for shorter-term measures that continue to increase the number of people being issued new or renewed NEXUS cards each month while bilateral Canada-U.S. talks continue to try to resolve underlying sticking points.

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