March 14, 2003
December 16, 2003
December 17, 2011
NSEERS No Longer in
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.
here to read the official rule change as published in the Federal
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”.