The US Department of Homeland Security has released a report on Entry / Exit Overstay for the Fiscal Year 2017, according to which more than 600,000 people overstayed their US visas last year. The report shows that 1.15% of more than 52.6 million people, who were supposed to depart the country by the end of December last year, illegally remained.
DHS Charts show the countries, the passport holders of which overstayed most their permitted stays in the US, including student and exchange visas, as following:
- Canada – 93,073 overstayers
- Mexico – 47,537 overstayers
- Brazil – 30,192 overstayers
- Venezuela – 30,192 overstayers
- UK – 23,542 overstayers
- China – 22,898 overstayers
- Colombia – 21,769 overstayers
- France – 14,739 overstayers
On the other hand, the largest group of foreigners under the VWP overstaying their travel authorizations, were UK passport holders with 23,231 suspected to be remaining in the country after their 90 days permitted were over. Britons were followed by the Spanish with 11,850 overstays and Italians with 9,043 overstays.
As per the highest rate of overstayers, Djibouti stands first in the list, with more than 40% of Djibouti passport holders remaining in the country.
The report also highlights that 4.15% of 1,662,369 students and exchange visitors who were scheduled to complete their program in USA, stayed beyond the authorized window for departure upon the completion of the program.
According to a press release by the DHS, the US government is using a multifaceted approach to enforce overstay violations by:
- improving entry and exit data collection and reporting
- notifying visitors of an impending expiration of their authorized period of admission
- cancelling travel authorizations and visas for violators
- recurrent vetting of many nonimmigrants, and
- apprehending overstays present in the United States
In 2016, when Homeland Security published the first report on overstaying in the last two decades, there was a number of 739,478 people who overstayed their visas only between October 2015 and September 2016. Which means the number of overstayers in 2017 lowered for around 130 thousand.