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NSEERS Special
Registration Information
March 14, 2003

Update from
December 16, 2003


NSEERS Special Registration Update

Updated December 17, 2011

Under a program instituted in 2002 known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), also known as Special Registration, the Department of Homeland Security can designate any individual as a "Special Registrant" upon entry to the U.S.  Special Registrants are fingerprinted, photographed and questioned upon entry.  They are then subject to additional requirements during their visit to the U.S. including notifying the Department of Homeland security of address changes, employment, school attendance and more.  Complete information about Special Registration can be found by clicking on the links to the left and by going to the following Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) web page:

It is particularly important to note that an individual who has been designated a “Special Registrant” is required to depart the U.S. from one of the approved ports of departure. Please keep in mind that you must present yourself to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at your final U.S. exit point. For example, if you fly from Boston's Logan airport to Los Angeles and intend to exit the U.S. from Los Angeles, Los Angeles is your final U.S. Port of Departure. Failure to conduct a pre-departure interview at your final point of departure from the U.S. is a violation of your non-immigrant status.

CLICK HERE for a list of acceptable U.S. Ports of Departure:

Please give yourself sufficient time at the airport, prior to departure, to ensure that you can check in at your airline first and then go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to appear before the CBP officer to register your departure. You must depart the U.S. the same day you register your departure.

If you are departing the U.S. from Boston's Logan Airport, please report to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office located in Terminal E. CBP officers are available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and can be reached by telephone at (617) 568-1810.


Special Registrants who are F-1/J-1 students or J-1 scholars are monitored through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and their address reporting is a standard SEVIS notification. Therefore, they need only to report their address to the ISSO to satisfy the address reporting requirement under NSEERS.

Individuals are designated as a “Special Registrant” only while present in the U.S. The designation is removed upon departure. Individuals are not required to follow the “Special Registrant” procedures unless they are designated again as a “Special Registrant” upon return to the U.S.


Boston University
December 17, 2010

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office