The National Security Entry-Exit Program, or NSEERS,
requires temporary foreign visitors from 25 countries to register
in person with the USCIS (formerly INS) if they have stayed in the
US for more than 30 days. Visitors must also provide change of address,
change of school, or change of employment within ten days of their
move, must re-register one year to the date of their entry and every
year thereafter, and arrange an exit interview upon their departure
from the United States. Failure to comply with these requirements
without a reasonable excuse may lead to removal and/or fine and/or
imprisonment. SEE FAQ BELOW.
DECEMBER 2003 UPDATE:
to NSEERS Program
Nationals or citizens of the following countries may be eligible
for special registration:
Frequently Asked Questions
about Special Registration
Where should I register?
You must register at a designated USCIS (formerly INS) office.
What will happen at the USCIS (formerly INS) office?
You will be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed under oath.
The documents you bring with you will be reviewed for authenticity.
What documents should I bring?
-your I-94 form
-any other forms of government-issued ID
-proof of where you are staying
Can I bring my attorney?
You are allowed to have your attorney present at your registration
What will happen if I don't comply?
You may considered to be out of status and deportable. You may be
subject to arrest, detention, fines, and/or removal from the United
States. Any future application for an immigration benefit from the
U.S. may be adversely impacted.
What else do I need to do?
If you remain in the United States for
more than 1 additional year, you must report back to a designated
USCIS (formerly INS) office within 10 days of the anniversary of
the date on which you first registered. For example,
if you were registered January 20, 2003, you would report back between
January 10 and January 30, 2004.
If you change your address, employment,
or educational institution, you must notify the USCIS (formerly
INS) in writing within 10 days of the change, using Form
If you leave the United States, you must
appear in person before an inspecting officer at one of the designated
ports and leave the United States from that port on the same day.
For more information on Special Registration and the NSEERS
program, go to the USCIS (formerly INS) official website, http://www.USCIS.gov.