Last week I delved into TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and CLEAR programs in detail. This week I wanted to talk about NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST programs.
NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, approved travelers into Canada and the United States. By paying one fee, NEXUS members have crossing privileges at air, land, and marine ports of entry that support the program.
If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a radio frequency identification card to use when entering the United States and Canada at designated NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
Membership in the NEXUS program allows you to reduce your wait times at designated ports of entry by:
HOW TO APPLY FOR NEXUS:
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadian lawful permanent residents and Mexican nationals who are members of Mexico’s trusted traveller program, Viajero Confiable are eligible to apply for membership in the U.S./Canada NEXUS program.
If you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the program.
To apply for membership in the NEXUS program:
The application-processing fee of US $50 per adult applicant is non-refundable. Children under the age of 18 must also apply and, if eligible, are admitted to the program free of charge. Once approved, membership is valid for five years. For more information regarding the program requirements, please visit the NEXUS Program page.
Once the risk assessment by the United States and Canada is complete, you will receive an email on the dashboard of your TTP account. When this notification is received, you will be “conditionally approved” and eligible to schedule an interview at a NEXUS enrollment center to complete the application process. Once approved, you must have your iris captured in order to use the NEXUS kiosks to enter Canada,. To have your iris captured, travel to the Canadian airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, or select land enrollment centers. Please visit http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/location-eng.html for additional information.
HOW TO USE NEXUS:
Program members use dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks when entering Canada by air and Global Entry kiosks when entering the United States via Canadian Preclearance airports. NEXUS members also receive expedited processing at marine reporting locations.
If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all designated NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
There is a non-refundable $25 (USD) fee to replace a NEXUS card that is damaged, lost or stolen.
Activating Your NEXUS Card
To activate your card, log into your GOES account. After you sign in, click on the “Activate Membership Card” button under the Program Membership(s) section on the Homepage.
Using Your NEXUS Card
NEXUS members using the air mode of transportation can enter Canada using the self-serve kiosks regardless of where they are coming from. For example, a NEXUS member returning to Canada from overseas and arriving in Montréal can use the self-serve kiosk in Montréal.
Follow these instructions when using NEXUS Kiosk:
Entering the United States
All NEXUS members can enjoy the benefits of Global Entry at no additional cost through using the Global Entry kiosks for entry at participating airports.
When using the Global Entry kiosks in Canada Preclearance locations you can use your passport, U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident card or NEXUS card. You cannot use your NEXUS card at Global Entry kiosks outside of Canadian Preclearance locations. At all other ports, you will need to use your passport or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident card.
If you are traveling with persons into Canada or the United States that are not NEXUS members, you must use the regular lanes.
The Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival at the at the United States and Mexico border. Participants may enter the United States by using dedicated primary lanes into the United States at Mexico land border ports.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the SENTRI program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment
Membership in the SENTRI program allows you to reduce your wait times at designated ports of entry by:
*Note: If you are a Mexican national in SENTRI, you must apply for Global Entry through your Trusted Traveler Programs account.
HOW TO APPLY FOR SENTRI:
Before you apply, make sure you are eligible for SENTRI.
It’s easy. Just follow these steps:
SENTRI Enrollment Centers:
HOW TO USE SENTRI:
If approved for SENTRI, you will be issued a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card that will identify you as being a SENTRI member.
Activating Your SENTRI Card
To activate your card, log into your Global Online Enrollment System account. After you log in, click on the “Activate Membership Card” button under the Program Membership(s) section.
Using Your SENTRI Card
When you approach the border in the SENTRI lane, the system automatically identifies your vehicle and the identity of the occupants in the vehicle. This is accomplished through the following steps:
1. RFID card file number is read upon your arrival.
2. File number triggers your data which is brought up on the CBP Officer's screen.
3. Data is verified by the CBP officer and you are either released or referred for additional inspection(s).
The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a commercial clearance program for known low-risk shipments entering the United States from Canada and Mexico. Initiated after 9/11, this innovative trusted traveler/trusted shipper program allows expedited processing for commercial carriers who have completed background checks and fulfill certain eligibility requirements.
FAST enrollment is open to truck drivers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
FAST vehicle lanes process cargo at land border ports of entry that serve commercial cargo. The majority of dedicated FAST lanes are located in northern border ports in Michigan, New York and Washington and at southern border ports from California to Texas. Participation in FAST requires that every link in the supply chain, from manufacturer to carrier to driver to importer, is certified under the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)program.
CBP routinely conducts on-site visits to domestic and foreign CTPAT member facilities to evaluate and validate their supply-chain security measures. More than 10,000 companies world-wide are certified CTPAT members.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FAST:
Applications for FAST can be completed and submitted to the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website. The cost to apply for FAST membership is $50 (USD or CAD).
C-TPAT Application Qualifications for U.S./Canada Highway Carriers
C-TPAT Application Qualifications for U.S./Mexico Highway Carriers
There are many travel programs that will fit your individual needs. I hope you found this information helpful in choosing the right one for you. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
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