I am an Indian citizen who resides in Canada as a Permanent Resident. I have a Nexus card. I was told by the officers during my interview that I would get Global Entry and TSA pre benefits. I do get Global entry but I never get the TSA Pre on my boarding pass. I have travelled in US using American Airlines and Air Canada (3 trips). Each time I have ensured that the reservation has my Nexus number as KTN.

Am I missing something? Will I get TSA pre when I become a Canadian citizen?

My Nexus card has my middle name in the given name and in the Airlines I write my middle name in the Middle Name box for ticket booking and in the Given Name box for their document verification section.

My wife doesnt have a middle name anywhere and she also never gets TSA Pre, even when she travels without me.

  • Have you correctly added your Known Traveler Number to each reservation? Apr 25, 2019 at 14:32
  • @PatriciaShanahan yes, in fact thats how i am able to checkin online. Without it, a gate agent would need to verify my US visa. Apr 25, 2019 at 14:33
  • While it looks like Michael has found the correct reason that you need to be a Canadian citizen, it could be the mix-up in names. Have you ever tried setting up your flight ticket with your first/middle names swapped so they match your nexus card?
    – mkennedy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 17:56
  • @mkennedy no harm in trying i suppose Apr 25, 2019 at 19:29

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According to the DHS Trusted Traveler Programs web site, NEXUS card holders get TSA Pre benefits if they are US citizens, US permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

Access to TSA Pre✓® expedited security lanes at airports within the U.S. and U.S territories for U.S. Citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

  • Thanks. I was hoping this is outdated as agents told me otherwise. Also, its kinda ridiculous that Indian citizens who have global entry get TSA Pre benefits and I cant even apply to Global entry because I am a Canadian PR. Oh well, guess I will wait until I am a Canadian. Apr 25, 2019 at 19:29
  • You'd almost think that this is a government operation. youtube.com/watch?v=ry55--J4_VQ
    – Eugene
    Feb 12, 2020 at 23:53

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