Canada Canada Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries All Canada How to Apply for a NEXUS Card By Jane McLean Jane McLean Jane McLean is an Ontario-based travel writer who has covered Canada for more than 10 years. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/26/19 Share Pin Email ehrlif / Getty Images The NEXUS Card gives U.S. and Canadian citizens pre-approval when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry. Picture a massive line up at the Canadian border, either at the airport or at a land crossing, and you and your NEXUS card simply pass by everyone to get into the tiny "NEXUS Card" line. You can save hours. Anyone can apply for a NEXUS card. You don't even need to travel often, just as long as you're willing to pay the cost and can attend the interview. The NEXUS Card application process involves completing a questionnaire to determine eligibility, paying a fee and attending an interview. Successful applicants, once they've received their cards, can take advantage of faster, more efficient Canada/U.S. border crossings at participating airports, vehicle crossings, and waterways. Difficulty: Average Time Required: 1 hour to complete application, 8 weeks+ to receive your NEXUS card Here's How Register as a New GOES User: Go to the Trusted Travelers Program, which is the online enrollment system for NEXUS Card applicants. (Alternately, you can print off a hard copy NEXUS Card application at Canada Border Services and mail the application in.) To register as a GOES user, you must complete some basic information and create a password, which you should write down or store. Login and Complete the NEXUS Card Application: Once you've registered as a GOES user, you will be given a unique GOES User ID. Again, write down or store this ID. It will also be emailed to the email address you provided when registering. The NEXUS Card application involves answering questions about personal attributes, residency, citizenship, employment history, travel history, criminal record, etc. You will be asked for such things as passport, driver's license or visa numbers, so have these documents handy. Submit your NEXUS Card Application Fee: The final part of the online NEXUS application process is to submit a non-refundable fee by credit card or from a U.S. bank account. Schedule an Interview: After you've submitted your application and paid the fee, you will receive an email telling you if your application has been conditionally qualified or not. This takes at least 6 to 8 weeks (mine took 10). If you conditionally qualify, you will be asked to schedule an interview with at an enrollment center, most of which are located at border crossings or airports. The NEXUS Card interview involves answering basic questions about your NEXUS Card application as well as an iris scan and photo. You will be interviewed by two border control officers, one from Canada and one from the U.S. The interview process takes about 30 to 45 minutes but builds in wait times. Wait for 7 to 10 Days for Your Card to Arrive: You should receive your NEXUS Card in the mail 7 to 10 days after a successful interview. Some enrollment centers may be able to provide your card at the interview. Tips Kids 17 and under may apply for their NEXUS Card at no cost. So if you are a parent applying for your own NEXUS Card, you might as well get the kids theirs at the same time. What You Need Proof of citizenship documentAdmissibility document (if applicable)Proof of permanent resident status (if applicable)Driver's license (if you have one)Credit card or U.S. bank account information Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit What Is a Nexus Card? What Is a US Passport Card, and How Can You Get One? Documents Needed for Travel Between Canada and the U.S. How Long Does It Take to Get a Passport? Tips on Crossing the U.S. Border Into Canada With Your Children Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Sweden? Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country What You Need to Know About Visiting Canada From the U.S. Visa Requirements for Canada These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely Do I Need a Visa to Visit Cambodia? How to Apply for Your First U.S. Passport Reasons You May Be Denied Entry at the Canada Border Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country What Does it Take to Get a Marriage License in the Caribbean?