USA: ACLU, NCPA Issue National Immigartions Alert!
- ACLU, NCPA Issue National INS Alert
Date: 1/2/2003 4:40:43 PM Pacific Standard Time
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Special Registration Requirements
WASHINGTON, DC: This Alert comes from the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Council of Pakistani Americans
(NCPA), American Arab Institute (AAI), the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center, and the
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. It is
intended only to inform the community about the existence of the Special
Call-In Registration Requirements. It is not legal advice and is not an
endorsement of the registration program.
IF YOU ARE A MALE CITIZEN OR NATIONAL OF:
AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, BAHRAIN, ERITREA, IRAN,
IRAQ, LEBANON, LIBYA, MOROCCO, NORTH KOREA,
OMAN, PAKISTAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SOMALIA,
SUDAN, SYRIA, TUNISIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, OR
It is very important that you be aware of the U.S. government’s
new Special Call-In Registration Requirements. If you are
required to register with the Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS) and willfully fail to do so, there may be serious
negative consequences – potentially including arrest, detention,
deportation, criminal penalties, and/or future problems with legal
entry into the U.S.
Who is Required to Register?
The Special Call-In Registration Requirements can be
complicated and confusing. The government has issued
Notices in the Federal Register, saying who must register.
Even with these Notices, it may be difficult for you to determine
if you should register. The best approach is to consult an attorney
or other immigration expert, especially if you have any question
about your immigration status.
The first Notice applies the Special Call-In Registration
Requirements to any male citizen or national of Iran, Iraq,
Libya, Sudan or Syria, who:
•Was born on or before November 15, 1986; and
•Was inspected by the INS and was last admitted to
the United States as a “nonimmigrant” on or before
September 10, 2002; and
•Will remain in the United States at least until December 16, 2002.
The deadline to register for persons covered by the first Notice was
December 16, 2002.
If you have missed the deadline, consult an attorney immediately.
The INS says that persons who miss the deadline should still
register as soon as possible, but that they will be expected to
explain and document why they were not able to register by the
deadline. The INS also says that each person who misses the
deadline will be registered only if an INS officer determines that
the person did not “willfully” ignore the registration requirement.
It is too soon to tell how the INS will really treat people who try to
register late, so it is very important that you contact an attorney
if you missed the deadline.
The second Notice applies the Special Call-In Registration
Requirements to any male citizen or national of Afghanistan,
Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea,
Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen,
•Was born on or before December 2, 1986; and
•Was inspected by the INS and was last admitted to the
United States as a “nonimmigrant” on or before September 30, 2002; and
•Will remain in the United States at least until January 10, 2003.
The deadline to register for persons covered by the second Notice
is January 10, 2003.
The third Notice applies the Special Call-In Registration
Requirements to any male citizen or national of Pakistan or
Saudi Arabia, who:
•Was born on or before January 13, 1987; and
•Was inspected by the INS and was last admitted to the United States as
a “nonimmigrant” on or before September 30, 2002; and
•Will remain in the United States after February 21, 2003.
Persons covered by the third Notice register between January 13
and the deadline of February 21, 2003.
Who Does Not Have To Register?
The INS has said that the Special Call-In Registration
Requirements do not apply to the following people:
•Citizens of the United States
•Lawful permanent residents of the United States
•Individuals who have been granted refugee status
•Individuals who have been granted asylum
•Individuals who applied for asylum on or before Nov. 6, 2002
(for persons who are citizens or nationals of the nations covered by
the first Notice) or on or before Nov. 22, 2002 (for persons who are
citizens or nationals of the nations covered by the second Notice) or
who had an application for asylum pending on December 18, 2002
(for persons who are citizens or nationals of the nations covered by
the third Notice)
•Persons who hold “A” or “G” visas (those with diplomatic
visas and representatives and employees from accredited
Remember: The Special Call-In Registration Requirements apply only
to persons who, when they last entered the U.S., were inspected by the
INS and admitted as “nonimmigrants.” If your last entry into the U.S. was
not legal (was without inspection and admission), the INS says that you
do not have to register.
Requirements for Special Call-In Registration
People who are required to register must go in person to a
designated INS office. The INS web site (www.ins.gov) lists which
INS offices are open for Special Call-In Registration. You can also
get this information from the INS hotline (1-800-375-5283).
At the Registration, you will have to answer questions under oath.
You will also be photographed and fingerprinted, and you will be
required to present the following documents:
•Your travel documents, including your passport and the Form
I-94 that was issued when you were admitted, and any other form
of government-issued identification;
•Proof of your residence (such as a lease or rental agreement);
•Proof of employment, if you are here on a work visa; and
•Proof of your enrollment in an educational institution, if you are
here on a school visa.
Many people are concerned about the Special Call-In Registration
Requirements and what will happen to them if they do or do not
register. There are serious potential consequences for people
who register but have any problems with their immigration status,
but there are also serious potential consequences for people who
are supposed to register and willfully fail to do so. If you have any
question about whether you are required to register, you should
consult an immigration attorney or other expert immediately,
particularly if you have any question about your immigration status
or have a pending application for adjustment of status.
Some people who have gone to register have been arrested and
detained by the INS, usually because the INS believed they were not
in proper immigration status. Some people who have been detained
have pending applications to adjust their immigration status to that of
a lawful permanent resident. If you have a pending application for
adjustment of status, there may be negative consequences if you do
not register so it is best to consult an immigration attorney about
You have the right to bring an attorney with you to the Registration,
and it is best to do so even though you are not required to have an
attorney. If you cannot get an attorney to accompany you, tell a
family member or friend with legal immigration status when you
are going to register. If you need a translator, call ahead to ask if
one will be provided or bring someone with you who has legal
immigration status and speaks English well enough to translate
Additional Registration Requirements: (1) If you must report for the
Special Call-In Registration, you will also have to register again within
10 days of each anniversary of your registration (e.g., if you register
on Dec. 20, 2002, you will have to register again between Dec. 10
and Dec. 30, 2003) if you remain in the U.S. for one year or longer
after your initial registration. (2) A change of address, employment,
or educational institution must be reported to the INS within 10 days
(see www.ins.gov for the correct form). (3) People who must register
may leave the United States only through designated ports
(see www.ins.gov). (4) People (including men and women from
other countries) who have been entering the U.S. since September 11,
2002, may have other registration requirements.
Registration requirements may change over time, and more
countries may be added to the program. Stay up to-date.
For more information, check www.ailf.org/lac/911 and www.adc.org
At www.aila.org/specialreg.html, you can report experiences
with the registration process by completing a questionnaire
sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association,
the American Immigration Law Foundation, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, The National Immigration Forum,
and the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee.
The Washington-based National Council of Pakistani Americans
(NCPA) has been established to promote political, social, and economic
interests of the Pakistanis residing in the US. As an advocacy organization,
it works actively and closely with civil rights groups, media, the Congress,
the US Administration, and community organizations.
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