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NEXUS GOES OVERTIME TO ASSIST HOCKEY FANS AT THE CANADIAN BORDER

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres today announced a new partnership with the Peace Bridge Authority (PBA) to create more public awareness of the NEXUS program.


To make this program more user friendly for hockey fans, the NEXUS lanes entering Canada have now had their hours extended by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) following all Sabres home games, and will continue to do so during the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

“An efficient, smooth flowing border is critical to the prosperity of the binational region and organizations like the Buffalo Sabres that add so much to the quality of life in this area,” said Anthony Annunziata, Chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority. “The CBSA is to be commended for their commitment to improve the functionality of the border, and to ensure that not only Sabres games but also major events like the World Junior Championship can be attended and enjoyed without the border being an impediment.”

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing at dedicated lanes, giving them the ability to cross the border with a minimum of customs and immigration questioning. The goal of the program is to strike the right balance between enhanced security and faster, more efficient travel between the U.S. and Canada.
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The current hours of operation for NEXUS are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Following all Sabres home games, NEXUS will now remain open until approximately Midnight. During the 11 days of the 2011 World Junior Championship that begins on December 26, NEXUS will stay open for at least 2 hours following the conclusion of the last game of each day at HSBC Arena.

“Many of our fans regularly come to HSBC Arena from Southern Ontario, and we are encouraging them to take advantage of the NEXUS program to make their trip as comfortable as possible,” explains Larry Quinn, Managing Partner and Minority Owner of the Buffalo Sabres. “The extended hours of the NEXUS lanes will be even more valuable next December when the World Junior Championship comes to Buffalo, as we anticipate a high volume of fans attending every day from the Southern Ontario market.”

Individuals may qualify to participate in NEXUS if they are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States and have lived in Canada and/or the United States continuously for the last three years and who pass various criminal history and law enforcement checks by both countries.

NEXUS membership also fulfills the travel document requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) that has required a passport or other secure travel document by all U.S. and Canadian citizens seeking entry or re-entry into the U.S. by land since June 2009.

Applications can be submitted using the online forms that can be found at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.  For NEXUS information in the U.S. and Canada, call toll-free 1-866-639-8726.


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