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Applying for NEXUS after having Global Entry (i.e., Replacing GE with NEXUS)

Old Aug 21, 17, 9:50 am
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How do I add NEXUS to my existing Global Entry membership?
  • On the TTP home page, select "Manage My Membership"
  • Log in
  • Then click on the "Add Trusted Traveler Program." Make any changes necessary
  • On the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program List page, select the checkbox next to the NEXUS option
  • On the next page you will see the NEXUS logo. You will need to provide additional information and answer questions; (some of these questions are very similar)
  • Once all the application information is entered/ corrected, certify your application and pay the fee
  • Applicants seeking to use NEXUS to enter Canada must complete an enrollment interview with the Canada Border Services Agency (some with GE received NEXUS card without interview)
  • An iris scan is needed; contact lenses must be removed to do the initial scan. Scan does not have to be done at the same time as the interview
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Applying for NEXUS after having Global Entry (i.e., Replacing GE with NEXUS)

Old Apr 1, 18, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by noah
I've had GE for 5 years (thank you to United's original credit program) and it expires this summer. As I do regularly travel to Canada, I planned to upgrade to NEXUS. I logged into the CBP website, which will let me renew my GE, but the option to add NEXUS and other trusted programs is grey'ed out. Anybody have any ideas?

Given the current NEXUS processing times, and my GE expiring in 3 months (July), is there any sense in just renewing GE first to ensure uninterrupted access, and then adding Nexus later? I doubt I'll be going to Canada often between now and then.
Here is my post from last year on my experience going from GE to Nexus: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28751807-post56.html

Applied for Nexus: July-21-2017
Approved for Nexus: August-13-2017
Iris Scan Completed at YUL: August-29-2017

An interview was not required as I already had GE. I didn't need an appointment either - just walked it and did the iris scan same-day.
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Old Apr 28, 18, 6:30 pm
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Current GE member unable to add Nexus.

My Global Entry membership is eligible for renewal with expiration in just under a year from now. I decided that I wanted to go and get Nexus. So I logged into the new CBP trusted traveler program (TTP) website, which replaced the GOES website. To my surprise, the "add a trusted traveler program" button was grayed out on my account.

Update:
I discovered how you get past this issue and on to a Nexus application. Hit the "renew membership" button, which you may presume applies only to your existing Global Entry account. It takes you to a page where you may choose between renewing the existing Global Entry membership or applying for the Nexus or Sentri programs.

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Old Apr 30, 18, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by noah
I've had GE for 5 years (thank you to United's original credit program) and it expires this summer. As I do regularly travel to Canada, I planned to upgrade to NEXUS. I logged into the CBP website, which will let me renew my GE, but the option to add NEXUS and other trusted programs is grey'ed out. Anybody have any ideas?

Given the current NEXUS processing times, and my GE expiring in 3 months (July), is there any sense in just renewing GE first to ensure uninterrupted access, and then adding Nexus later? I doubt I'll be going to Canada often between now and then.
When logged into TTP for your Global Entry account, just hit the Renew Now button. This will take you to a page where you can choose between renewing your existing Global Entry or applying for Nexus or SENTRI. Worked for me.
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Old Aug 12, 18, 11:58 am
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If I have GE and I'm looking to "upgrade" to NEXUS:
  1. Do I need an interview in the US or only Canada?
  2. Will I likely also have a long wait for NEXUS interview?
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Old Aug 12, 18, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by joshwex90
If I have GE and I'm looking to "upgrade" to NEXUS:
1. Do I need an interview in the US or only Canada?
In Canada or at a Canadian POE (US side)

Originally Posted by joshwex90
2. Will I likely also have a long wait for NEXUS interview?
Yes

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Old Aug 13, 18, 3:34 am
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Originally Posted by greglvnv
In Canada or at a Canadian POE (US side)
There's an appointment at YUL the day I land there. Can I schedule it for it then - how long do they generally take?
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Old Aug 13, 18, 6:47 am
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They take anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes.
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Old Aug 13, 18, 2:09 pm
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OK so I'm one of those people that did not do enough research before applying for GE - just got GE and now realize I should have probably got Nexus as I typically travel to Canada 2 - 3 times a year.

If I were to apply for Nexus sometime in the near future and the GE "converts" to Nexus would the expiry date of Nexus be 5 years from approval of Nexus or 5 years from approval of the earlier GE application?
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Old Aug 13, 18, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by blue_can
OK so I'm one of those people that did not do enough research before applying for GE - just got GE and now realize I should have probably got Nexus as I typically travel to Canada 2 - 3 times a year.

If I were to apply for Nexus sometime in the near future and the GE "converts" to Nexus would the expiry date of Nexus be 5 years from approval of Nexus or 5 years from approval of the earlier GE application?
Global Entry and NEXUS are two completely different programs. You need to apply for NEXUS separately.

In order to maximize your NEXUS validity period, schedule your NEXUS interview a day after your birthday. Your NEXUS will be valid for 5 years plus 364 bonus days, assuming you receive final approval right after your interview.
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Old Aug 14, 18, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by 1KChinito
Global Entry and NEXUS are two completely different programs. You need to apply for NEXUS separately.

In order to maximize your NEXUS validity period, schedule your NEXUS interview a day after your birthday. Your NEXUS will be valid for 5 years plus 364 bonus days, assuming you receive final approval right after your interview.
Thanks for the clarification.
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Old Aug 15, 18, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by 1KChinito
Global Entry and NEXUS are two completely different programs. You need to apply for NEXUS separately.
True but doesn't NEXUS include GE? So if I have GE for, say, 2 more years, and now get NEXUS - do I have 2 separate Global Entry memberships, 1 that expires in 2 years and 1 that expires in 5 years, or does my GE convert from a standalone GE to a different GE that's extended for 5 more years (plus whatever bonus time)?
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Old Aug 15, 18, 7:27 am
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No. Upon approval for Nexus, your GE membership is effectively canceled. Nexus includes GE privileges, however you are not considered a GE member, only a Nexus member. Therefore, everything starts from scratch once you are approved for the new program, regardless of how much you had “left over”.
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Old Aug 15, 18, 8:34 am
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Originally Posted by greglvnv
No. Upon approval for Nexus, your GE membership is effectively canceled. Nexus includes GE privileges, however you are not considered a GE member, only a Nexus member. Therefore, everything starts from scratch once you are approved for the new program, regardless of how much you had left over.
Somehow before one's GE expires when using a GE kiosk, you get a reminder your GE will expire in so many days. Even though your NEXUS is valid for at least another 2 or 3 years after GE expires.
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Old Aug 15, 18, 8:43 am
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Yes, that is because your GE expires in so many days. After GE expires, you are still able to access the privilege as a benefit of your Nexus membership, so the best way to deal with the GE expiration message is to simply ignore it.
The reason why I say the GE is canceled is because the GE card is no longer valid for entry to the U.S. at land borders and you need to use the Nexus card instead.
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Old Aug 15, 18, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by joshwex90
True but doesn't NEXUS include GE? So if I have GE for, say, 2 more years, and now get NEXUS - do I have 2 separate Global Entry memberships, 1 that expires in 2 years and 1 that expires in 5 years, or does my GE convert from a standalone GE to a different GE that's extended for 5 more years (plus whatever bonus time)?
The Global Entry card is deactivated upon final approval of the NEXUS application and vice versa.

Take a look at this thread:
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