The U.S. government has pulled together the numbers and nationalities of foreign travelers who entered the country legally in 2017 as nonimmigrants but overstayed their visas or their authorized periods of admission – thus remaining in the country without legal status.
A Department of Homeland Security report for fiscal year 2017 shows that more than 606,000 visitors to the United States overstayed their tourist, work, business and student visas, among other categories of nonimmigrant admissions.
Those violations represent a tiny portion – 1.15 percent or 606,926 suspected overstays – of the estimated 52.6 million nonimmigrant admissions through air or sea ports of entry, according to the report.
However, despite the Trump administration’s measures to strengthen immigration enforcement, this was the second year in a row in which more than 600,000 visitors stayed in the U.S. beyond their period of admission, becoming undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation…More…
Venezuelan nationals accounted for the highest overstay rate among Hispanics nonimmigrants admitted to the U.S. for business or tourism, according to the DHS statistics. Venezuelans are fleeing a deepening political and economic crisis in their country; South Florida is one of the biggest expatriate communities.
Tied for second and third places among Hispanic visitors who overstayed were Dominicans at 2.88 percent rate and Cubans at 2.86 percent rate. Fourth and fifth places went to El Salvador and Colombia. Haitian nationals had a 6.84 percent overstay rate. Dominican, Salvadoran and Colombian students are also on the list of student and exchange visitor overstays, according to the DHS report.
The largest groups of people who entered the U.S. legally and then overstayed their visits were Canadians, with more than 92,000 remaining in the U.S. longer than they were permitted, followed by Mexicans, with more than 47,000.