CBSA Transitions from Iris to Facial Verification for NEXUS Members
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Jean-Noel Ben Hamou

Executive Managing Partner
Chair, Global Practice Group

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS: CBSA Transitions from Iris to Facial Verification for NEXUS Members

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is modernizing the way NEXUS, the Canada-United States traveling program, processes members at Canadian airports. The existing NEXUS kiosks that use iris recognition technology have not been updated in over 6 years. They are now being replaced with kiosks that use facial verification technology to improve efficiency and security.

Vancouver International Airport will be the first to launch this new process in Fall 2019, with other Canadian airports following. The dates will be announced prior to launch for:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

The implementation of facial verification technology aligns with the current international trend for traveler processing and supports CBSA’s goal to increase efficiency without compromising security. This new process is expected to produce enhanced traveling experience and expedited processing.

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