By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 10, 2018: Some 45,303 Caribbean nations entered the U.S. on a business or visitor’s B1/B2 visa in fiscal year 2017 but never left, a News Americas analysis has found.
The NAN analysis of latest Department of Homeland Security data for last Fiscal Year, shows the majority of Caribbean overstays from the last Fiscal Year were by nationals from the Dominican Republic.
The US recently released its ‘Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report,’ which identifies all overstays, including of foreign-born students, from across the world, shows 11, 349 DR nationals overstayed their visas in FY 2017 alone.
The second largest number of Caribbean overstays from FY 2017 were Haitians, who tallied at 10,558 according to the DHS data.
Jamaicans took the third spot with 9,553 overstaying in FY 2017.
The Bahamas and Barbados rounded out the top 5 with 3,760 and 2,677 overstays in FY 2017, respectively.
The DHS defines an overstay as “a non-immigrant who was lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized period but remained in the United States beyond his or her authorized period of admission.”
Meanwhile, 711 Jamaican students, who entered on F, M or J visas as non-immigrant students or exchange visitors, also overstayed their visas after the period was complete in FY 2017, the highest for any Caribbean nation. They were followed by 306 Haitian and 296 Dominican Republic nationals.