This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report.
Last week we heard of a “58-Year-Old Indian Man Detained At Atlanta Airport By US Immigration” who died in custody. The question of illegal and overstay of visas is extremely nebulous. The other question still remains unanswered: In an age of additional scrutiny by Trump government, Indians and others still have an urge to overstay the duration of their approved visas.
One of the tables from the report highlighting overstays.
A few facts about Indians highlighted in the report:
- Of the 30,000, a little over 6,000 Indian nationals left the U.S. after the expiry of their visas, the report said.
- In 2016, more than one million Indians who came to the U.S. on business, tourist or pleasure were expected to leave the country. Of these, 17,763 have overstayed in the country, it said.
- Among the overstayed are 2,040 Indians who departed the U.S. only after the expiry of their visas.
- This year’s report also includes visitors who entered on a student or exchange visitor visa (F, M, or J visa). Of the 1,457,556 students and exchange visitors scheduled to complete their program in the United States in FY16, 79,818 stayed beyond their authorized window for departure, resulting in a 5.48 percent overstay rate. Of the 79,818, 40,949 are suspected in-country overstays (2.81 percent).
- In 2016, as many as 9,897 Indian students or exchange scholars were expected to depart by the end of the year and of which, 4,575 overstayed their legal period.
- 1,561 Indian students and exchange visitors left the country after their visas expired, while 3,014 of them have overstayed in the country, the report said.
Copy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report.
The findings of the report were highlighted extensively in the Indian media
- Over 30,000 Indians overstayed in U.S. in 2016: report (The Hindu)
- NEARLY 740000 FOREIGNERS OVERSTAYED US VISAS LAST YEARNEARLY 740000 FOREIGNERS OVERSTAYED US VISAS LAST YEAR (PPP focus)