The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) is a special registration system which was put in place after September 11, 2001. The purpose of NSEERS is to keep track of individuals entering and leaving the United States who are not citizens or permanent residents. Through this tracking system, security has been tightened to safeguard Americans and our borders. More than 35 million nonimmigrant visitors entering or already in the United States are tracked.
- Foreign visitors must register with immigration authorities at a port of entry or a designated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.
- They also must notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in writing about an address, employment, or study changes within ten days of the change.
- Departure requirements include the following:
- Departure from specified ports
- Compliance with departure processing which requires an appearance before a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.
The requirement to re-register after 30-days or one year of continuous presence in the United States was no longer enforced after December 2, 2003. In its place, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may interview nonimmigrant aliens on an individual basis to determine if they are complying with visa and admission requirements.
However, foreign visitors who deliberately missed a registration deadline on or prior to December 2, 2003, are still considered in violation and subject to penalty.
Penalties for non-compliance with special registration rules
Foreign visitors who do not comply with special registration or other immigration rules are considered out of status, which can result in the following:
- Removal from the United States
- Negative consequences on future immigration applications
The Frager Law Firm assists non-immigrants so they understand special registration requirements and how to comply. Our attorneys also represent clients whose rights are being violated in special registration cases. For questions or concerns, arrange a consultation.