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Crossing Borders March 12, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Canada, Citizenship, NEXUS Card, Passports, USA.
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When crossing borders as a dual citizen, remember that the USA sees you as an American, and Canada sees you as Canadian, so it seems wisest to present your passports as such.

US Department of State has this to say about entering and leaving the USA:

Most U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country to use its passport to enter and leave that country. Use of the foreign passport does not endanger U.S. citizenship.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada says:

The Canadian government strongly encourages you to use your Canadian passport when travelling abroad, especially when entering the country of your second citizenship.   … Using your Canadian passport may provide the basis under which Canada can provide you with consular assistance if you run into difficulties. You should also obtain a visa, if that is required for entry by Canadian citizens, and always present yourself as a Canadian when dealing with local authorities.

As far as ease of travel goes, it’s most definitely easier to present your US passport to US officials and Canadian passport to Canadian officials… Less confusion that way. (Of course, the NEXUS card alleviates all the hassle, since you declare both citizenships in the NEXUS application) (more…)


NEXUS and Dual Citizenship March 8, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Citizenship, NEXUS Card.
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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. (more…)