Previously, if you were in Canada heading back to the US you had 2 sets of kiosks to choose from: NEXUS and Global Entry.
As a Nexus cardholder today I received this email:
Dear NEXUS Member,
Please be advised that, in an effort to improve the NEXUS program, the kiosks currently available in the U.S. pre-clearance areas at Canadian airports are being replaced with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry (GE) kiosks. Global Entry is a U.S. domestic trusted traveller program that offers expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk members. NEXUS members receive Global Entry benefits automatically, at no additional cost, and have access to the GE automated kiosks for entry into the U.S. at participating airports.
Expedited passage at a GE kiosk requires the NEXUS member to have their 10 fingerprints on file. If you have not already submitted your 10 prints, please visit a NEXUS or Global Entry (GE) Enrollment Center to have your fingerprints taken. An appointment is not necessary. If your fingerprints are not on file, you may still use the GE kiosk; however you will be referred to a CBP officer for additional verification.
Members entering into the United States, from Canada, can use either their NEXUS card or their registered passport at any of the eight international airports that offer US pre-clearance. In order to use the GE kiosks located within the United States, NEXUS members must have a valid registered passport on file. To update your passport information on line, please log into your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes.
When I signed up for Nexus they took my fingerprints for Global Entry as well, but if for some reason you have Nexus and did not get fingerprints taken, you will need to have that done to use the kiosk to go from Canada back to the US.
It is interesting that it says “If your fingerprints are not on file, you may still use the GE kiosk; however you will be referred to a CBP officer for additional verification.” because many times I have used Pre-Clearance in Canada it hasn’t mattered if I used Nexus or GE, the agent still wanted to see the card printed, my passport, and sometimes asked me a few questions. I had not been chosen for secondary or anything. At YEG I used the GE kiosk (since it was often faster anyway) and started walking to the gate and I was called back for not waiting at the line to talk to an agent. I thought that defeated the purpose of Nexus/GE, but there was no line. I handed him my papers, he asked the purpose of my trip and where I was headed, stamped the date stamp and let me go. That has been the process every time at YEG, but in YYZ’s Pre-Clearance I did not need to talk to an officer. I can’t remember YVR’s process.