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Immigration Law

Residency Rule Relaxed for Canadian NEXUS Applicants

"The United States and Canada are continuing to deliver on key commitments under the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Announced today and effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency lifted the three-year residency requirement for Canadian citizens to apply to NEXUS.  “This amendment is an important step in strengthening border security efforts between the U.S. and Canada as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan,” said Acting CBP Commissioner David Aguilar. “The NEXUS program allows border officers in both the U.S. and Canada to focus on high risk travelers while expediting those that are enrolled in the program.”  By amending the three-year residency requirement, the CBSA is extending NEXUS membership eligibility to citizens of Canada currently residing abroad, or who have recently returned to Canada. The United States amended this requirement in 2009." - CBP, July 11, 2012.