The End of NSEERS
As of April 28, 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has removed many countries from the special registration requirement under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). As a result, citizens or nationals from the following countries are no longer required to register under NSEERS: 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.
The reason for the elimination of this program is that over the last several years, the DHS has implemented various systems that automatically record entry and exit information of non-immigrants to the United States, thereby making the NSEERS program redundant.
The NSEERS program was originally created by the Department of justice in 2002 following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Many immigrant advocacy groups had regarded the NSEERS program as discriminatory against citizens and nationals of certain countries.
Caution: Citizens and nationals of the countries previously subject to NSEERS may still have issues if they failed to register when previously required.