Nexus Membership Eligibility
- Acitizen of Canada or the United States of America and you must be a resident of either country; non-resident citizens cannot get NEXUS Cards. OR
- A Permanent Resident of Canada or the United States of American AND you must have lived in the country you are a permanent resident in for no less than 3 years.
In order to successfully apply for a NEXUS Card, you must meet more requirements than citizenship or permanent residence in one of the two participating countries.
You must also meet the below requirements.
- You be "admissible" to both the US and Canada under current immigration regulations;
- You must have never been convicted of a crime (an indictable offence in Canada, or a felony in the US);
- You have never violated Canada or US customs regulations;
- You must complete the application honestly and accurately - ommissions may result in a refusal;
- You must meet any other requirements of the NEXUS program, which can change at any time.
For more details about these requirements, continue reading below.
Citizenship and Residence Requirements
To be eligible for a NEXUS Card, you must be a citizen of either Canada or the USA, or, if you are not a citizen, you may still be eligible if you are a permanent resident of either country. However, citizenship or permanent residence alone will not make you eligible, you must meet the other requirements of the program as well.
Citizens of Canada and the United States of America
Citizens must be residents
. A Canadian citizen can live in either Canada or the USA and still be eligible and the same goes for an American citizen. Your NEXUS card will not be mailed to a mailing address outside of either country
. You will also be unable to complete the address portion of the GOES application if your residence is outside of both countries.
: Territories of the United States do not count as residing in the US. This means you are not eligible
for a NEXUS Card if you live in one of the following territories, regardless of citizenship:
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- US Virgin Islands
- Minor Outlying Islands
American or Canadian Permanent Residents
If you are a permanent resident the USA (a green card holder) or Canada (PR Card holder), you may be eligible to apply for a NEXUS Card. You must have lived continuously in the US or Canada (the country you are a permanent resident of) for at least 3 years
If you are a national of a country that would normally require a visa to visit the country you are not a permanent resident of, then you will also need a visa to get your NEXUS Card. For Example
: A permanent resident of Canada who is an Indian citizen and who has lived in Canada continuously for 3 years would still need a US non-immigrant visa to be eligible for a NEXUS Card.
There is an exception
to the residence requirement. You may
still be eligible if you do not meet the residence requirement if one of the following situations applies to you:
- You work for the federal government of either Canada or the United States of America and this work causes you travel abroad to the extent that you do not live continuously in either country, OR
- You are married to a Canadian or American citizen who is required by work to travel abroad and you accompany them; as a result you do not live continuously in either country.
Even if you meet one of the above conditions, this does not, in itself, mean you will be approved for a NEXUS Card.
Visa Holders and other Temporary Residents
You must have permanent resident status or citizenship in one or both countries to be eligible. No exceptions