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NEXUS enrollment workshop set for Grand Portage, MN

Program expedites cross-border travel and airport security checks.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent screens a NEXUS applicant (submitted photo)

GRAND PORTAGE, MN. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection will hold another NEXUS enrollment workshop at Grand Portage, Minnesota on April 26 to 28, 2019.

CBP and Canada Border Services Agency staff will conduct interviews for conditionally approved NEXUS applicants at the same event.

NEXUS is a bi-national, Canada-United States program for prescreened, low-risk travellers entering the U.S. or Canada at designated air, land and marine ports of entry.

Program members use dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks when entering Canada by air, and Global Entry kiosks when entering the U.S. via Canadian preclearance airports.

NEXUS members also receive expedited processing at marine reporting locations.

Although there is currently no NEXUS vehicle lane at the Pigeon River port of entry, there is one at the border crossing at Fort Frances/International Falls.

Enrollment provides the additional benefit of access to the U.S.Transportation Security Administration's TSA Pre Check. This provides expedited screening through domestic U.S. airport security checkpoints including being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, and not having to remove laptops from carrying cases.

To become conditionally approved, a NEXUS applicant must apply online (via the Global Online Enrollment System GOES), undergo a background check and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer.

The $50 application fee allows for five years of membership, letting travellers use kiosks at 34 American airports and nine preclearance locations in Canada.

CBP is advising individuals who have not yet applied, and who plan to attend the Grand Portage workshop, to submit their online application by Feb. 11, as the vetting process typically takes six to eight weeks for conditional approval.