Over 600,000 overstayed their visa in fiscal year 2016

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According to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday, over 600,000 foreign travelers legally entered the U.S. in 2016 and then overstayed their visas. 

Highlights from the Executive Summary:

  • DHS identified 50,437,278 nonimmigrant admissions to the United States via air or sea. Analysis of the FY 2016 nonimmigrant travel data identified a Suspected In-Country Overstay rate of 1.25% (628,799), and a total overstay rate of 1.47% (739,478) out of the overall expected departures of in-scope travelers in FY 2016.
  • For Visa Waiver Program countries, the FY 2016 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate is 0.60% of the 21,616,034 expected departures. For non-VWP countries, the FY 2016 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate is 1.90% of the 13,848,480 expected departures.
  • DHS has determined there were 1,457,556 students and exchange visitors scheduled to complete their program in the United States. However, 5.48% stayed beyond their authorized window for departure at the end of their program.
  • For Canada, the FY 2016 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate is 1.33% of 9,008,496 expected departures. For Mexico, the FY 2016 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate is 1.52% of 3,079,524 expected departures.

Visa overstays could impact an individual's eligibility to apply for immigration benefits. If you have overstayed and will be filing an immigration application, contact us to see how we can help.


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