1. KittyKat1978

    KittyKat1978 DIS Veteran

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    I have my interview tomorrow and was wondering if you get your card right away or do you have to wait?

    I am flying out of Bellingham next Friday and was hoping to have my Nexus card by then.

    If you have to wait, can you pay for expedited service?

    How long did you have to wait to get your card?
     
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  3. networktek

    networktek it all started with a mouse

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    we just did our interview a few weeks ago it is a 2 part interview.

    part 1 you go into the office with boarder patrol and they go over all your info and take your finger prints and photo and eye scan if you request it.

    part 2 you go into a US Boarder office and get asked alot of questions from the US boarder officer than get passed to a Canadian boarder officer and get asked all the same question and get all the info on how it works and how to claim if you go over.

    there is also a practice koisk if you do the eye scan to test it out.
    also it take 5-6 business days for the card to arrive ours took the full 6 business days not sure if you can pay for it to arrive faster. and you activate it online takes 2 secs to activate
     
  4. KittyKat1978

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    Thanks :)

    Six business days may work...I leave in 8 business days. Might be tight though.... How did it arrive? Through the mail or courier?

    I can get the eye scan done at anytime as there is a enrollment centre in the office building I work in. Going to Blaine, WA was the fastest appointment though.

    So, maybe I can use it to cross the border, but not at the airports. Bellingham won't have nexus anyways, but I think Orlando does.

    I will cross my fingers and hope to get it next Wednesday so I can bring it into work on Thursday and get my eye scan done. pixiedust:
     
  5. satman1962

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    Orlando doesn't have Nexus. The only way to line pass in Orlando is to have a first class ticket, Air Canada Elite or Super Elite etc.

    Also there is Clear Pass, but that is only available to Americans.
     
  6. networktek

    networktek it all started with a mouse

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  7. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    We did ours at the Ft Erie Border in Canada. We met with both Border agents & had our Retina Scan the same day. We had our interview on the Thursday night and we rcv'd our cards in the mail on the Monday.
     
  8. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    Orlando has Nexus / Trusted Traveller lanes at the airport....that was one of the reasons why we got our Nexus cards

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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    ORLANDO, Fla.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA Pre" operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). TSA Pre" is a passenger pre-screening initiative and at MCO select Delta frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

    TSA Pre" is part of the agency's larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 880,000 passengers have experienced TSA Pre". TSA Pre" is now available in 14 airports for Alaska Airlines', American Airlines' and Delta Air Lines' frequent flyers.

    "This screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to focus its efforts on passengers the agency knows less about while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying," said Director of Field Operations Heather Callahan.

    Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

    If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre" pre-screening process, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and the passenger may referred to the TSA Pre" lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

    As part of the effort to implement additional risk-based security procedures, TSA is in the process of testing several other screening concepts, including a program designed to positively identify airline pilots, the use of expanded behavior detection techniques, modified screening procedures for travelers 75 and older, and providing TSA Pre" screening benefits to U.S. Military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

    TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA's multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

    For more information about TSA's risk-based security initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.
     
  9. satman1962

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    I guess I should clarify. What I was referring to was the lack of a Nexus lane on the return flight to Canada to bypass the security line in Orlando.

    For those who don't clear US customs on their departure at their Canadian airport, yes in Orlando there are Nexus lanes available.

    I know here in Montreal we can use our Nexus to bypass both the line for security and US customs.

    Still get steamed when it seems that there are always more than a few machines out of service when I travel....
     
  10. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    I know the feeling.....
    9 times outta 10 times when we cross the border into the US the Nexus lanes are closed...they encourage you to get it to expedite things butt you can't always seem to use it to its proper capacity!
     
  11. KittyKat1978

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    So you can only use Nexus in Orlando to clear customs to get into the US, but not when you leave?

    I am flying to/from the US (Bellingham), do they have a Nexus line for domestic flights in Orlando?

    How about domestic flights within Canada? Can you use the Nexus for a shorter line through security?

    Thanks for all of your replies and help.
     
  12. papertraveller

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    How long is the wait time from submitting the application to being cleared for an interview?

    What kinds of questions?
     
  13. networktek

    networktek it all started with a mouse

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    I was told from the nexus office that you can use the nexus card when flying within the US and within Canada as long as the airport has nexus lanes or koisks. they asked us alot more questions because we wanted to use our's for flying more than driving. we were asked how many times do we cross drive and fly, what were there reasons for crossing, do we usually bring items to leave in the US.
     
  14. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    We submitted the applications Sept 1st 2012
    Conditional approval the 2nd week of september.
    And the 1st available interview time was January 16th 2013!
    Its a long wait!!!!!

    When we went in January they looked at the next availabe appointments and they were already into June 2013. They are so busy and backlogged!

    we met with the Canadian Customs officer first. They went over the program. Do's & Donts and how it all works.
    Then we did the Retina scan
    Then we met the US customs officer. Ours had zero sense of humour.
    They were the one that asked all the questions. They do the finger prints. He was cranky when I didn't have my fingers straight enough on the scanner.
    Then they take your picture with a webcam...very unflattering picture!

    They ask about previous vacations..why you went etc. He wasn't impressed that I went to Cuba and grilled me as to my "business" there! I guess they don't like Canadians going to Cuba!
    Questions about criminal history, if you have any tattoo's... at one point he asked if our 12 yr old wanted to leave the room cause he was going to ask personnal questions. Just if we've ever been arrested...etc.
    Since its technically as US program..they are the ones who ask the most questions.
     
  15. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    Its technically a US program there for no Nexus lanes in Canadian airports
     
  16. AngelDisney

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    There are Nexus lanes at Toronto's Pearson Airport because you clear customs before boarding the plane at that airport. I used it in August last year.
     
  17. papertraveller

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    Thanks. We submitted ours about a month ago, and I had been hoping we might be approved by the time of our August vacation. Guess not!

    I'm assuming that you had your interview in Niagara Falls. We're close to Pearson, but I've heard that it's even more backlogged. I imagine sequestration won't help matters, either.

    Ah well, maybe in time for Christmas!
     
  18. networktek

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    Nexus is a US Canadian boarder trusted traveller program you can use it on either canadian or Us land, sea, air crossing there are alot of canadian airports with nexus person even the island airport has it
     
  19. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    you are right...:thumbsup2

    In the air mode, NEXUS members avoid long line-ups and save time using automated self-serve kiosks at eight designated Canadian international airports (see Air Mode below).

    As an added benefit, when travelling on domestic, U.S. bound, and select international flights, NEXUS members can now be expedited through Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) airport security screening lanes, located at eight Canadian airports:

    Vancouver International Airport
    Calgary International Airport
    Edmonton International Airport
    Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
    Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (T1 and T3)
    Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
    Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport
    Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
    Members must present their valid NEXUS card to access the Trusted Traveller CATSA Security Line.
     
  20. Disney Daniel

    Disney Daniel <font color= blue>Aw.....FIDDLESTICKS!!!!!

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    The previous poster has this nailed down. I have had NEXUS for almost a year and it does help when entering Canada from an immigration standpoint. It is also great when flying domestically through larger airports as you can go to the head of the security line or be in a separate area depending on the airport.

    Technically, when entering the US you are more Global Entry than NEXUS. For instance when flying into a US airport where you have not pre-cleared or if pre-clearing at certain Canadian airports (Toronto is one of them) you use Global Entry kiosks, not NEXUS. If you are a NEXUS member you are also a Global Entry member so this is not an issue and you use fingerprinting instead of iris scans in these cases.

    The huge issue with TSA Pre Check is that it will only work if you are flying within the US. Also, it only works with certain airlines. For instance, I may be flying from LAX-BOS on United and get to use it but if I were flying Southwest I couldn't do it. If you are going to Canada (or anywhere else outside of the US) they will not allow you to use TSA Pre Check.
     
  21. vacation_junkie

    vacation_junkie Have Suitcase...will Travel :)

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    Since we are close to the border we always fly out of buffalo...we've never used it on our home turf..except crossing the border by car.
    Great info you provided...thanks!
     

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