DHS Eliminates NSEERS Process at Airports

On April 28, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Final Notice which removes all the currently designated countries from the list of countries whose citizens and nationals are required to comply with the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) upon arrival in and departure from the US.  The following countries are removed from the NSEERS list:  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. This effectively eliminates the NSEERS requirement. Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-28/pdf/2011-10305.pdf

Starting today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is no longer implementing the NSEERS process upon arrival or upon departure from US and preclearance airports.

ACI-NA has been urging CBP to eliminate NSEERS since CBP began taking biometrics of arriving foreign visitors and collecting passenger data prior to aircraft departure.  ACI-NA argued that the process was duplicative and that eliminating it would improve the facilitation of passengers and make more efficient use of CBP Officers to the benefit of all passengers.  It also means that the NSEERS passengers are no longer confined to leaving from specific US airports.

DHS states that NSEERS is redundant, burdensome on passengers and CBP staff and no longer provides unique security information. DHS has improved intelligence exchanges between the US and other countries; has more comprehensive information on passengers prior to departure to or from the US through visa applications, Passenger Name Records, Advanced Passenger Information System and the reconciling of arrival and departure information through its Arrival-Departure Information System; and captures fingerprints and digital photos of all arriving foreign visitors (except Canadians).  DHS coordinated the elimination of the NSEERS requirement with the Department of State, FBI, National Counterterrorism Center and other security-focused federal agencies, the National Security staff and OMB.   Please the attached DHS Fact Sheet on NSEERS.