Compiled By Jordan Bowles
News Americas, DEERFIELD BEACH, FL,
Fri. May 17th, 2019: Over 42,000 Caribbean nationals from across the region
overstayed their non-immigrant visas and stayed on in the US between October
2017 and September 2018.
according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
2018 “Fiscal Year Entry/Exit Overstay Report.” The US overstay data for the
last fiscal year takes into account all foreign nationals who entered a US port
legally using a temporary visitor, business or student visa or as part of the
visa waiver program.
“An overstay,” is defined as “a
nonimmigrant who was lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized
period but stayed in the United States beyond his or her authorized admission
period.” DHS classifies individuals as overstays by using the ADIS system to
match departure and status change records to arrival records collected during
the admission process and further identifies nonimmigrant status through manual
vetting processes to support possible enforcement action.
These are the top 10 nations in the Caribbean with the most US visa overstays for the last fiscal year:
Dominican Republic -14,641
Haiti – 6,917
Guyana – 3,220
Cuba – 1,868
The Bahamas -1,545
Trinidad and Tobago -811
Belize – 603
St. Lucia -318
the US DHS said there were 666,582 overstays from
around the world.