NEXUS and Dual Citizenship March 8, 2009Posted by Matthew in Citizenship, NEXUS Card.
Tags: Citizenship, id card, NEXUS, RFID
NEXUS has allowances in the application process to show that you are a national of more than one country. Having a passport from both the US and Canada speeds things up.
Here is my recollection of the events on the day I got my NEXUS card:
After being pre-cleared for my NEXUS card, I scheduled an interview, and went to the local NEXUS office to finish my application. The two men manning the office: one CBSA (Canada) and one CBP (US). They were both great guys, and I can say that the experience was almost enjoyable.
As I went in, the CBP agent dealt with me first; he asked me for my passport. In a moment of sheer brilliance, I replied, “Which one?” Biting my tongue after realizing what I’d said, he just chuckled and asked, “Why, how many do you have?” Juding from his positive response to my first witty remark, and tempting fate, I responded with, “How many do you NEED?” After a laugh from both of the officers, I admitted I was joking. Just in case it wasn’t clear.
I handed over my US and Canadian passports. He looked at them both, handed the Canadian passport to the CBSA officer, and said ‘I don’t deal with THESE funny things. You have it.’ They both entered my information into their respective computers, and then I was asked which country I would like to issue the card.
Alarm bells ringing in my head, I asked him what the repercussions of having Canadian vs American on my card were. He told me that the only real difference was that the expiry date of your NEXUS card is related to the expiry date of your passport. (US passports expire in 10 years, and Canadian passports in 5.)
They asked me some questions, took my fingerprints on a scanner, and took pictures of my eyeballs. I would like to look up under the Privacy Act where in Canada those iris scans are stored.
They issued me my blue and red NEXUS card, hot off the card printer, and showed me how to use the self-serve customs kiosk.
I’ve used my NEXUS card a few times since then, and it’s been a blessing to be able to skip the giant line-ups during airport “rush hour”. I had always wondered whether or not I should shield the thing… (See my next post about the new NEXUS cards)