Nexus allows easy access to the US through border control but in order to receive a Nexus card you cannot have a criminal record. In fact, even if you were fingerprinted for a criminal offence and the charges were later withdrawn, stayed, dismissed, peace bond, absolute or conditional discharge, your Nexus application will likely be denied.
In the worst case, by applying for a Nexus with a criminal record you can be denied entry to the US. Once that happens, you will need a US Entry Waiver I-194 to re-enter which is an expensive and complicated process.
We suggest you apply for a pardon/record suspension or file destruction so that you can be safe to apply for Nexus.
Here is our most recent communication with Nexus:
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is beginning to replace kiosks with new “next generation” kiosks to provide faster, more reliable and more efficient service in the air mode.
The installation of the new kiosks begins with Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa and will be phasing in to the rest of the Canadian airports that offer NEXUS by late October/early November.
The way you interact with the new kiosk has changed. Namely, you will now be required to insert your NEXUS membership card into the kiosk card reader.
For your reference, please refer to the following instructions when using the new kiosk:
Please have your NEXUS card ready;
Select language of choice before inserting your NEXUS card into the document reader;
When prompted, insert your NEXUS card into the document reader;
Ensure the card is face up (picture side) and fully inserted into the reader;
Leave the card in the reader until instructed to remove it;
You will receive audio instructions advising you to look into the mirror;
You will use the arrows located on the mirrors to adjust to ensure that you see both eyes;
Look into the mirror, moving slightly forward or backward until you see the circle centered between your eyes change from orange to green; and
Follow the instructions on the screen and answer the questions on the monitor.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.