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The USCIS has issued special registration requirements for male citizens from the following countries:

Afghanistan
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Algeria
Kuwait
Somalia
Bahrain
Lebanon
Sudan
Bangladesh
Libya
Syria
Egypt
Morocco
Tunisia
Eritrea
North Korea
United Arab Emirates
Indonesia
Oman
Yemen
Iran
Pakistan
Iraq
Qatar

ISSS strongly recommends that students who are subject to special registration should continue to monitor information about special registration requirements by reviewing DHS and USCIS materials.

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Important Update: **DHS eases some Special Registration requirements, effective December 2, 2003**

On December 2, 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a rule that amends several requirements associated with the Special Registration program. Although the Special Registration program has been modified by the new rule, it has not been eliminated.

Under the new rule, individuals subject to Special Registration are still subject to departure controls that require them to use only designated ports of departure when departing the US, but they are no longer required to report to DHS offices in between entry and departure (the 30-day and annual re-registrations). However, DHS retains the option to call in individuals for re-registration on a case-by-case basis. If DHS chooses, it can notify an individual nonimmigrant to appear for re-registration.

The changes to Special Registration are effective immediately.
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Registration with the appropriate DHS official must occur under certain circumstances:

a. Upon arrival
b. After certain events, such as change of employment or school
c. Prior to and upon re-entry from any trip abroad (travel allowed only through designated ports of entry)
d. At the time of departure from the U.S.

If you are a male citizen from one of the above countries, please review the materials posted by the USCIS regarding special registration. Please take the time to read these instructions carefully, as it is your legal responsibility to follow them. This information can be accessed by the following link:

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm

Locally, students should special register at the following location:

BCIS St. Louis Sub-Office
Robert A. Young Federal Building
1222 Spruce Street
Room 1.100
St. Louis, MO 63103-2815

Please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services if you have any questions.