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.


Children under the age of 18 require the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enrol in NEXUS. At the interview, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent or guardian. Please note that there is no fee for applicants under the age of 18. The parent or guardian needs to have documentary evidence of custody with no restrictions on removal from the custodial jurisdiction. If children are accompanied by only one parent or guardian who does not have sole custody a letter must be provided by the absent parent or guardian to acknowledge the child’s enrollment in the NEXUS program. The documents presented to the officer at the NEXUS Enrolment Centre have to establish that the adult or adults are the parents or legal guardians. Children can be enrolled in NEXUS even if their parents or guardians are not NEXUS members.