FAST is an expedited travel program for commercial truck drivers that travel between the US and Canada. FAST cards are available to citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the US. The FAST program is viewed as a privilege by both Canada and the US. You can be denied for the FAST program if you do not have a clean driving record and a clean record with the Canadian Border Services and The US Customs and Border Protection. Things such as being caught with undeclared items and having a criminal record can result in denial of FAST privileges. To apply you must have proof of citizenship and identity for Canada or the US. A passport, birth certificate, PR, and Green Card are examples of proof of citizenship or permanent residency and proof of identity. Your application must be submitted online using the Global Online Enrollment System. No faxed or mailed applications are allowed. You must provide documents, address information, employment history, travel history, and vehicle information. The process is time consuming. Mistakes inputting information can result in denial of the application. Once you submit your application you will receive a result. If you are approved, you will be notified to schedule an interview. If you are denied, you will receive a letter explaining why you were denied. The fee for the FAST card is $50. The processing time is 6-8 weeks. You can use Immigroup's services to submit your application if you desire. If you are conditionally approved then you will have an interview. At that interview, you have to bring your original documents, plus proof of address, employment, travel history, and vehicle information with you. Bills, car registration, and pay stubs are examples of documents you can use to prove your information. They will finger print you and take an iris scan. Your card will be issued after the interview and will activate in 24 hours. The FAST card is valid for 5 years.
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