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Border Basics

Getting ahead of the crowd By Renee Conte


Here are the benefits and how to apply. How will NEXUS save me time at the


border? NEXUS members save time by using automated self-serve kiosks at nine Canadian airports, using dedicated lanes at the land border and reporting to bor- der officials in advance of arrival by boat. At

major and select medium-sized

Canadian airports, Canadian Air Trans- port Security Authority (CATSA) Secu- rity Lines for the Trusted Traveller speed up pre-boarding security screening for members. Automated self-serve kiosks can be used by NEXUS members when enter- ing Canada or the U.S. when arriving from anywhere in the world. Iris recognition process at airports. It sounds like the futuristic novels we read twenty years ago, but the secret to quick border screening at airports isn’t just lo- cated in a pocket sized card, it’s in the eyes. Our eyes, that is. Tere are 266 unique characteristics in the human iris, the coloured ring around the pupil of the eye, which biometric technology reads at self-serve kiosks and compares with those stored in your records. (Exceptions may be made for travellers with visual disabilities.) Te iris recognition process takes a photo of your irises, and their patterns are recorded into a file that is used for comparison any time a live iris is presented for verification. Te process is not only quick but se-

cure. How to use the kiosks at airports.

Self-serve kiosks at airports are easy to use. Members choose their language preference, insert their card and follow the audio instructions. Instructions direct members to look into a mirror, help them to line up their eyes for scanning, and ask them a series of questions. If there are no kiosks available or if they are closed, members must use the special

he NEXUS program speeds up border crossings for pre-ap- proved, low-risk travellers into Canada and the United States.

cial services counter or a crew counter. When entering the U.S., you must fill out a Customs Declaration Form and proceed to the self-serve kiosk to com- plete the entry process. You will then re- ceive a receipt to give to an officer. Children and NEXUS. Enrolling

children is free! Children under the age of 18 require the consent of a parent or guardian to enrol in NEXUS and must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent when travelling. So how do I get a NEXUS card? To be-

come a NEXUS member you must sub- mit an application, which can be found online ( ), and go through an application process with the Canada Border Services Agency and United States Customs and Border Protection. To be eligible for NEXUS, you must be a citizen or perma- nent resident of Canada or the U.S. Candidates, who satisfy the eligibility

Which airports offer NEXUS?

Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport Montreal-Pierre Trudeau International Airport

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Toronto Pearson International Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (for incoming flights only)

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Calgary International Airport

Edmonton International Airport Vancouver International Airport

services counter or the crew counter and follow the regular traveller procedure for declaring their goods to a border officer. Members may fill out a Traveller Dec-

laration Card (TDC) when returning to Canada for all goods purchased for per- sonal use and insert it into the box near the kiosk. Duties and taxes owed will au- tomatically be charged to the credit card listed on the TDC, at a later date. Travellers transporting commercial

goods may not use the kiosk in Canada or the U.S.; they will need to use the spe-

criteria, pass the risk assessments for both countries and finalize their enrolment at an interview conducted at a NEXUS En- rolment Centre will receive a member- ship identification card in the mail. Tere is a $50, non-refundable applica-

tion processing fee for NEXUS. Tere is no need to have a third party complete your NEXUS application. Doing so may result in additional charges, which are not included in the $50 application fee. All applications are processed at the same rate, whether you submit an application or someone does it on your behalf. What is the difference between

NEXUS and CANPASS Air? CAN- PASS Air is a Canadian Border Service Agency program designed for frequent travellers to help them cross the border more quickly when arriving into Canada only. NEXUS is a bi-national program ad- ministered by both the Canadian and U.S. border agencies to speed border crossings for travellers in both Canada and the U.S. Find out more at:

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