Hundreds of Antiguans overstay U.S visa


A U.S Department of Homeland Security report has found that over 200 Antiguans & Barbudans over stayed their visitors and students visas last year.

The annual report on overstay statistics which was released last week, provides data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who entered as nonimmigrant visitors by air or sea and were expected to depart in 2016.

The statistics show that 15,444 Antigua & Barbuda visitors were expected to depart the US but 244 of them overstayed.

The majority of those who overstay, 204, remained in the US while 39 left the country after their overstay.

The report also included data on student visas. Out of the 288 students expected to depart the US in 2016, 20 overstayed.

Homeland security says however, overall, 98.53 percent of the in-scope nonimmigrant visitors departed the United States on time and abided by the terms of their admission.

Notwithstanding this record, the US government says to protect the American people from those who seek to do us harm, and to ensure the integrity of the immigration system, ICE has recently increased overstay enforcement operations.”

A press release noted that each year, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents systematically review approximately one million records of individuals who violate the terms of their visas or the visa waiver program, prioritizing leads that pose national security or public safety threats.

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