Is it Time to Apply (or Reapply) for NEXUS?
- Know the rules. No one will care if your violation of the Trusted Traveler rules is inadvertent. They will yank your status just as fast, whether you’ve committed a triple homicide or simply tried to enter through a NEXUS lane with someone in the car who does not also have NEXUS. Most people I speak with who have had their NEXUS status revoked feel frustrated and as though they have been accused of being a master criminal.
- Be respectful. Come on, folks… this is a no brainer. Put your temper and your pride in your back pocket, and smile and be nice, even if the officer you are speaking with clearly has not had their triple espresso yet for the day.
- Don’t take chances. Double check that there is nothing in your car or luggage that could be seen as contraband. Even leaving an apple on the back seat floor could get you in deep water, resulting in the loss of your NEXUS trusted traveler status. Click on these links to find out what you are not allowed to bring into Canada from abroad, and what you are not allowed to bring into the U.S. from abroad.
- Be prepared for random searches to verify your continued eligibility. Both Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have broad regulatory authority to inspect the person or property of anyone seeking admission. Although the chance of being randomly selected for an inspection is slim, you have hopefully followed recommendation #s 1, 2 and 3 above, if you or your property are searched for any reason.
For more information on this topic or any other Immigration matter please contact Elizabeth M. Klarin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a member of the Lippes Mathias Immigration practice team.
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