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If you are thinking about applying for a NEXUS or Global Entry card you should watch out for companies that offer to handle the process for you.

Putting the term “nexus border crossing card application” into search engines such as Google, Bing, or AOL, will bring up many listings for private companies that claim they will make the process easier for you.  These sites look very official and can be mistaken for the real U.S or Canadian government website.  Although there is nothing illegal with what they are doing, the fact is you will pay hundreds of dollars for assistance you probably don’t need.

Applying for NEXUS or Global Entry is pretty straightforward.  You should go to the official Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website which has been set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)  to handle the registration process.   It will not be surprising if you have questions about the registration process, but you should then call 1-866-639-8726 from either the United States or Canada and ask for assistance.

For more information about the various “trusted traveler programs” and the documentation you need to cross the border see our ezbordercrossing.com page which discusses “Types of Documentation“.