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ADC Immigration Law Advisory on Registration with INS

WASHINGTON DC – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday that all men, ages 16 and older, who are citizens or nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria and who have entered the United States on or before September 10, 2002, must submit to special registration procedures with the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS).
The registration period is effective November 15, 2002
Deadline –
All individuals fitting this criteria must register with a U.S. immigration officer by December 16, 2002. Individuals who fail to register may be subject to deportation.
Who must register –
Any male citizen or national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria who last entered the United States as a non-immigrant prior to September 10, 2002, must register at the local INS office. Individuals are asked to walk-in voluntarity and without an appointment. This also applies to individuals who may hold dual citizenship or nationality.
Exceptions –
The following individuals are not required to register:
1. Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders)
2. Anyone who has applied for Asylum status prior to November 6, 2002.
3. Non-Immigrants who have been admitted in either the “A” or “g” visa status.
Procedure for Registration –
1. Submit passport, form I-94, a second form of identification, proof of resident in the United States such as school registration.
2. Individuals will be fingerprinted and photographed.
3. Individuals will be required to answer questions under oath during an interview with an INS officer.
4. Individuals will be provided forms to report any change of address while in the United States. Also, there is a requirement to report back to the INS once a year as long as the person is in the United States.
Vist the INS website for more information – http://www.ins.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm