Rep. Welch and U.S. Border Officials work to boost Vermont enrollment in expedited travel program
BURLINGTON -- Responding to requests from Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont business leaders, and Vermont's travel and tourism industry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agency has announced a series of opportunities next week for Vermonters to more conveniently enroll in the NEXUS program.
NEXUS allows expedited screening for approved enrollees at the northern border and many airports across the country. Currently, Vermonters wishing to enroll in this program must travel to Champlain, New York to complete a required in-person interview.
The first mobile enrollment event in Vermont will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, June 2 at CPB's office near the airport in South Burlington (228 Aviation Avenue, Suite 100). Rep. Welch will personally enroll in the NEXUS program at 11 a.m. at this site.
Interested Vermonters must first complete an online application in order to schedule an appointment at any of the four Vermont mobile enrollment events. In addition to the June 2 kick-off event in South Burlington, additional events will be held in Montpelier (June 3), St. Albans (June 4), and Newport (June 5).
"Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Vermonters too often experience long delays at the northern border and in airport screening lines. I appreciate the efforts of border agency officials to help Vermonters more quickly reach their destinations," said Welch. "With a NEXUS card in hand, Vermont families and businesses will experience fewer delays crossing the northern border and shorter screening lines at many airports around the country. I strongly encourage Vermonters who regularly travel to Canada and domestically to join me in enrolling in this helpful program."
In addition to securing mobile enrollment opportunities for Vermonters, Rep. Welch is also urging CPB to increase the number dedicated lanes for NEXUS card holders at the Highgate border crossing.
"Increasing participation in the NEXUS program is a fast-track solution to shorten the processing time at U.S.-Canadian Customs entries," said Megan Smith, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. "Less time parked in line at the border means more time doing business and generating tourism dollars."
"Fifty-five percent of guests that come to Jay Peak each year are from Eastern Canada," said Bill Stenger, President and CEO of Jay Peak Resort. "They have a choice in where they go and, while keeping safety and security is a priority, anything we can do to make it more efficient for them to come into Vermont is important. NEXUS is a great example of how we can do that. I have a NEXUS card and use it whenever I can and it really helps. This is a program that I am very pleased is being promoted."
- Expedited processing by U.S. and Canadian officials.
- Faster passage with a dedicated lane at peak travel hours at Highgate Springs border crossing.
- Provides access to the PreCheck security line at many airports nationwide and at marine reporting locations, including Lake Champlain and Lake Memphramagog.
Vermont NEXUS mobile enrollment events (appointment required):
- June 2 -- South Burlington at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 228 Aviation Avenue, Suite 100 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) June 3 - Montpelier at the Statehouse, 115 State Street (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- June 4 -- St. Albans at the Federal Building, 50 South Main Street (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- June 5 -- Newport at Gateway Center, 84 Fyfe Drive (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
How to sign up for NEXUS:
- Vermonters must apply using the Global On-line Enrollment System. There is a $50 application fee.
- Once you have submitted your application online, schedule an interview at one of four Vermont mobile enrollment locations open the week of June 2. Call 802-524-6527 to schedule an interview. Be ready to provide the application ID number assigned to you when you submitted your online application.
- Bring a valid passport and picture identification with you to your appointment at the mobile enrollment site.
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