Nexus enrollment interviews expanded amid backlog

In an effort to reduce the backlog of Nexus applicants awaiting interviews, Public Security Canada and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have announced that applicants will now have more opportunities to complete interviews, with extended service times and allowing candidates to complete interviews near Canadian airports

“These efforts have been made to ensure every eligible U.S. and Canadian traveler has the opportunity to benefit from the travel convenience Nexus offers, community support, and economic benefits in both. border,” the statement said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) were able to expedite the approval process for more than 80% of renewal applicants, while extending benefits. to eligible subscribers for up to 5 years after membership expires. days while interviews are pending.

“As of October 1, 2022, CBP and CBSA completed a record 203,000 Nexus registrations and reduced their net backlog of 100,000 applications,” the statement said.

Nexus subscription options for air travelers are expected to be available in the spring, including CBSA interviews at reopening check-in centers in Canada and “CBP interviews” separate check-in locations at Canadian airports for departing applicants.”

The federal government also announced in December the reopening of two Canadian admissions centers to increase appointment availability for potential candidates, with interviews now scheduled in Lansdowne, Ont. . (Thousand Island Bridge) and Fort Erie, Ont. (Peace Bridge).

To free up more time for Canadian and U.S. border security officers, and to provide expedited border clearance for travelers, the Nexus program has more than 1.7 million members.

“Details about this new interview option will be available from CBP and CBSA soon,” the statement added. “In the meantime, applicants can continue to take advantage of the interview options currently available, including combined interviews at U.S. admissions centers and two-step, private interviews. between Canada and the United States at the designated land border.”

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