NEXUS stalled by U.S. shutdown

Traffic on the Blue Water Bridge - June 15/17 (Photo Courtesy of bluewaterbridge.ca)

Applications for NEXUS cards and renewals are stalled as a result of the U.S. government shutdown.

Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu said Wednesday new applications are not being processed, and renewals are delayed.

She said the partial U.S. shutdown has impacted non-essential services including NEXUS.

“My understanding from U.S. Homeland Security is that if people had NEXUS cards that were in the process of being renewed, so they had already applied to have them renewed but were just waiting on an appointment, they are being lenient with those at the border and allowing people to use them,” said Gladu. “If they haven’t applied for renewal and it is expired, it will not be honoured.”

The Canadian portion of the process is still being carried out, but American Customs and Border Protection officers who review the applications are off the job.

The Canada Border Services Agency says those who were in the process of applying for NEXUS for the first time, will have to reschedule their interviews with American authorities when the shutdown ends.

Gladu said there have also been longer wait times heading into the U.S. across the Blue Water Bridge.

She said U.S. Homeland Security and border officials, currently working without pay, are calling in sick more often resulting in fewer lanes being open.

The Federal Bridge Corporation says according to its figures, there hasn’t been significant delays at the Port Huron crossing and it’s been business as usual.

The U.S. government shutdown is into its 26th day.