Special Registration is a system administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track the arrival and departure of certain non-immigrants. It is part of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) that is being used to strengthen the borders of the United States.
Non-immigrants subject to Special Registration are usually designated by DHS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials upon arrival to the United States at a port of entry. Although primarily applied to males from certain countries, nationals from any country can be subject to Special Registration.
During the registration process, the non-immigrant will be fingerprinted, photographed, and interviewed either at the port of entry or a designated office with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS. Information about the individual’s place of residence, employment or study will be collected and the registrant's passport and immigration paperwork will be inspected. The DHS official will annotate the registrant’s passport or Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record with a “Fingerprint Identification Number” or FIN#. This serves as evidence that the individual has been enrolled in Special Registration.
Individuals subject to Special Registration must comply with all applicable requirements under the program, including exit interviews before any travel from the United States and change of address notification. Registrants will be given instructions on Special Registration requirements during the registration process. Failure to comply could result in various penalties, including fines, removal, or denial of future admissions to the U.S.
For full details information on Special Registration, visit the CBP web site.