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NSEERS Special
Registration Information
March 14, 2003

Update from
December 16, 2003


Update from
December 17, 2011


NSEERS No Longer in Effect

Updated May 12, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined that manually capturing arrival/exit information on non-immigrant travelers through the NSEERS "special registration" program was redundant and did not increase security, so nationals or citizens of these countries will no longer be subject to special registration procedures.

In a letter dated April 27, 2011, DHS announced that they have “eliminated the requirement that nationals from the following countries register in the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS): Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.”(1)

The regulation remains in place; however, DHS does not currently designate any country, nor does it require any foreign national to participate in the system. Nonimmigrant aliens previously required by NSEERS to submit to special registration procedures and depart from specified ports are relieved of these obligations.(2)

The ISSO will continue to monitor announcements from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If there are any further developments we will inform the BU international community.

Click here to read the official rule change as published in the Federal Register.

1. Letter from Margo Schlanger, DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, dated 4/27/2011.

2. From a broadcast email message (Number 1105-01) from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program office of DHS to all end users of SEVIS. The email is dated 5/5/2011. The subject line that reads “NSEERS No Longer Operational”.



Boston University
May 12, 2011

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office