To be eligible for the NEXUS, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.

Effective June 30, 2012, Canadian and American citizens living outside of Canada or the United States or who have recently returned to either country and have not previously been able to meet the three-year residency requirement are now eligible to apply.

In addition, certain permanent residents are also exempted from the three-year residency requirement.

You may not qualify if one of the following applies:

  • you are inadmissible to Canada or the United States under applicable immigration laws;
  • you intentionally provide false or incomplete information on your application;
  • you have been convicted of a serious criminal offence in any country for which you have not received a pardon (for U.S. background checks you may be questioned about your full criminal history, including arrests and pardons, which may exclude you from NEXUS);
  • you have a recorded violation of customs, immigration or agriculture law; or
  • you fail to meet other requirements of NEXUS.

Both Canada and the United States must approve your application for you to become a member of NEXUS. If you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will be denied.


There are no processing fees for applicants under 18.

To enrol in the NEXUS program, minors require a signed letter of consent from at least one parent or legal guardian.

If only one parent or legal guardian is present at the interview:

  • The absent parent or legal guardian must sign a letter of consent agreeing to the minor's enrolment in the program.
    • In cases of de facto sole custody or if only one parent is recorded on the minor's birth certificate, the parent or legal guardian does not require a consent letter.
    • In cases of joint custody, the parent or guardian must provide evidence indicating the custody agreement.
  • The parent or guardian must provide evidence that there are no non-removal clauses and that the minor can leave Canada.

If the minor attends the interview with a person other than the parent or legal guardian, both parents or legal guardians must submit letter(s) of consent in addition to the other requirements.

Minors can be enrolled in the NEXUS program even if their parents or legal guardians are not members.

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