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INS Issues Reporting Instructions for Citizens From Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria

By Sean G. Hanagan and William J. Manning
  • September 12, 2002

The Immigration and Naturalization Service ("INS") website now contains specific reporting instructions for nonimmigrant nationals and citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria. On September 6, 2002, INS announced that nationals and citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria would be required to comply with special registration requirements. INS-issued specific instructions are now in effect.

In essence, INS confirms that an INS officer will register nonimmigrants subject to the special procedures when they arrive at a U.S. airport, seaport, or land port of entry. If the registered nonimmigrants remain in the U.S. for 30 days or longer, they must report for an in-person interview at a designated INS interviewing office between 30 and 40 days after their arrival date (nationwide locations are provided on the website - nonimmigrant are also provided a list at the time of registration). In addition, registered nonimmigrants who remain in the U.S. for one year or longer must report in person to the nearest designated INS interviewing office each and every year, no later than 10 days from the anniversary of initial arrival date into the U.S.

Finally, registered nonimmigrants are required to notify an INS officer when they leave or travel from the U.S. When a nonimmigrant is initially registered, they will be given a list of airports, seaports, or land ports to use to leave the U.S. Please note that all special registrants must depart ONLY though one of these designated ports of departure. This requirement goes into effect on October 1, 2002.

Employers with nonimmigrant employees should advise their employee in advance of travel so that they are aware of the requirement and possible delays when entering the United States.

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