LEGAL UPDATE: 05 Jan 2017

Update

NATIONAL SECURITY ENTRY-EXIT REGISTRATION SYSTEM (NSEERS) PROGRAM DISMANTLED

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is removing outdated regulations relating to an obsolete special registration program for certain nonimmigrants (from Muslim-majority, Arab and South Asian countries) that require them to register their presence in the United States.

DHS ceased use of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program in 2011 after finding that the program was redundant, captured data manually that was already captured through automated systems, and no longer provided an increase in security in light of DHS’s evolving assessment of the threat posed to the United States by international terrorism. The regulatory structure pertaining to NSEERS no longer provides a discernable public benefit as the program has been rendered obsolete. Accordingly, DHS is removing the special registration program regulations. This rule is effective December 23, 2016. For more information see official notice from DHS here https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-30885.pdf or contact one of our attorneys at +44 (0) 208 004 3492.

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