Special registration, fingerprinting, and photographing of certain non-immigrant aliens who are nationals,citizens or residents of 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 ends today April 28, 2011.
Prior to today nationals of these countries were subject to special entry –exit registration rules and monitoring under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). These procedures include a requirement that these non-immigrant aliens appear in person upon request at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to verify information by providing more information or documentation confirming compliance with the conditions of their visa status and admission.
The removal of these designated countries from NSEERS is a determination that these special manual procedures are redundant to automated systems of capturing entry-exist information and that they do not enhance national security.
Read the full Department of Homeland Security notice in the Federal Register.