Frequent travelers heading to the U.S. have the option to apply for a Global Entry card to speed through the customs and immigration. Before being approved to obtain this status, you must pay and then go through a full screening process and an interview. The whole point of getting this status is to fast track your way through security after you check in or upon arrival at the airport, depending on your port of entry into the U.S. With this status my husband and I have shaved at least 30 minutes each time.
For U.S. and Canadian residents, you also have the option to apply for a NEXUS card.
The following statement is taken directly from the CBP website:
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada.
Unfortunately, if you arrive at YVR after 10pm at a time when you absolutely need to speed through…you will run into the madness you see in the above photo.
I have been to more than 25 airports and as much as I love YVR, I have to say I was recently disappointed with when I was ready to go through the Nexus line only to be told that it is closed. It is only open from 8AM-10PM. What kind of foolishness is this? The whole point of having this Nexus card is to avoid these sort of lines. Shame on you YVR Customs.