- USCIS Abolishes National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)
- May 10, 2011
- Law Firm: Jackson Lewis LLP - White Plains Office
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on April 27, 2011, that it had officially ended the NSEERS registration process.
NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) was a special program that required citizens of certain countries to undergo secondary inspection upon arrival in, and to complete additional registration upon departure from, the United States. Those countries included Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, and Kuwait.
The new automated DHS systems that capture arrival and exit information of all travelers, regardless of the country of origin, made NSEERS redundant.
DHS continues to reserve the right to subject travelers and their baggage to secondary inspection; however, such screenings would now be based on a variety of factors rather than on nationality alone.