DOJ Expands INS Special Registration to Five Additional Countries
The United States Department of Justice has announced another expansion of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) special call-in registration requirements to include five additional countries (group 4). The new expansion increases the total number of countries covered by special registration to 25; 24 of which are Arab or Muslim. The new, group 4, countries include Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, and Kuwait. Men over the age of 16 (born on or before February 24, 1987) who entered the United States on non-immigrant visas on or before September 30, 2002 and who plan to remain in the United States at least until March 28, 2003, are required to register with the INS between February 24 and March 28, 2003. The following information about group 4 requirements was provided by the INS:
SPECIAL CALL-IN REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR CERTAIN NONIMMIGRANTS
(Call-In Group 4, Federal Register Notice — January 16, 2003)
THIS NOTICE IS FOR YOU
If you are a national or citizen of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, or Kuwait and were inspected by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and last admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant on or before September 30, 2002; and
If you are a male, born on or before February 24, 1987, and If you did not have an application for asylum pending on January 16, 2003, or if you are not otherwise exempt as described in the attached questions and answers; and If you will be in the United States at least until March 28, 2003.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
1. You must come to a designated INS office to be registered (photographed, fingerprinted, and interviewed under oath) between February 24, 2003 and March 28, 2003.
2. If you remain in the United States for more than 1 additional year, you must report back to a designated INS office within 10 days of the anniversary of the date on which you first registered. For example, if you were registered March 20, 2003, you would report back between March 10 and March 30, 2004.
3. If you change your address, employment, or educational institution, you must notify the INS in writing within 10 days of the change, using Form AR-11 SR.
4. If you leave the United States, you must appear in person before an INS inspecting officer at one of the designated ports and leave the United States from that port on the same day.
IT IS VITAL THAT YOU COMPLY
If you do not follow these procedures, you may be considered to be out of status and deportable. You may be subject to arrest, detention, fines and/or removal from the United States. Any future application for an immigration benefit from the United States may be adversely impacted. If you do not properly exit through a designated port, any future attempts to reenter the United States may be impacted. Decisions will be made on an individual basis, depending on the circumstances of each case.