March 14, 2003
December 16, 2003
NSEERS Special Registration Update
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:
FROM THE U.S.
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.
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
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.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS NOTIFICATION
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
DURATION OF NSEERS DESIGNATION
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.