A Nexus card is meant to assist put low-risk Canadians on the quick observe when crossing the U.S. border, however at the least 330,000 Canadians aren’t certain when their functions might be processed.
“It has been a serious disappointment, as a result of it is taking so lengthy,” mentioned Toronto resident Margaret Cassidy, who utilized for a Nexus card in 2019.
Raichelle Hum, additionally of Toronto, utilized for a Nexus card greater than two years in the past and has no thought when she will get the mandatory in-person interview to complete the method.
“I journey periodically to the U.S. for work and my husband already has a Nexus card so for us it could make travelling rather a lot simpler,” Hum mentioned.
Nexus is a Canada-U.S. program designed to assist velocity up cross-border journey for low-risk Canadians by land, air and sea.
Nexus enrolment centres in Canada have been closed since March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and well being restrictions.
A Canada Border Providers Company officer speaks with a traveller on the Nexus workplace on the airport in Ottawa, Tuesday Could 8, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Nonetheless, within the U.S., enrolment centres opened in April of this 12 months, which means if Canadians wish to end their Nexus utility they must journey to the U.S. to do it.
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In an announcement to CTV Information Toronto, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety mentioned, “Right now, enrolment centres in Canada will stay closed.”
The Canada Border Providers Company advised CTV Information, “Canadian residents and everlasting residents can guide their enrollment interviews at any U.S. Nexus enrolment centres.”
Till additional discover, if you wish to end your utility for a Nexus card you’ll must journey to a U.S. border metropolis for the interview course of.
That’s what Cassidy plans to do as she lastly has an interview arrange in mid-July in Niagara Falls, New York to complete her utility.
“There have been so many delays alongside the way in which and everyone was at the hours of darkness. I nonetheless do not know why the Canadian aspect just isn’t open,” Cassidy mentioned.
In the meantime, Hum mentioned she nonetheless has no thought when she might be able to get her Nexus utility authorised.
“I am uncertain after I’ll be capable of get an interview. It’s totally difficult to search out one,” she mentioned.
It isn’t clear why Nexus places of work in Canada stay closed once they’ve been open within the U.S. since April.
Canadians who’re unable to make use of the quicker Nexus traces are additionally including to the backlogs and safety delays at border crossings and airports.
Officers say they’re in discussions with the U.S. as to when enrolment centres might re-open in Canada, however anybody making use of to get a Nexus card ought to count on main delays.