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Finally, NSEERS Registration is Terminated - June 21, 2011

In late April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the end of NSEERS (the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System), a special registration process for male foreign nationals from certain countries who are over the age of 16 and who entered the U.S. as nonimmigrants prior to September 10, 2001. NSEERS was implemented in 2002 as a national security measure following the September 11 attacks, and sought to record the arrival and departure of individuals mostly from Middle Eastern countries. Such registrants went through secondary inspection on each arrival to the U.S. and were required to register upon departure at one of the 100 plus designated ports of departure.  In the ensuing years, DHS and the Department of State have increased surveillance measures, thus rendering the program obsolete. While many foreign nationals - and especially those from the Middle East - continue to be referred to secondary inspection, such referrals are no longer automatic.