Washington: Over 21,000 Indians who were supposed to leave the US at the end of their permissible limits last year, overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said on Tuesday.
While the percentage of Indians overstaying and not leaving the US after the expiry of their visas is not very high compared to some other nations, India ranks among the top 10 countries whose citizens come to the US legally, and continue to stay illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its latest annual report determined that 701,900 foreigners, who entered the country through an air or sea port of entries, overstayed their visas between October 2016 and September 2017.
The report also breaks down the overstay rates further to provide a better picture of those who remain in the US beyond their period of admission, and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of period of admission, or transition to another immigration status.
At the end of fiscal 2017, there were 606,926 suspected in-country overstays. The overall suspected in-country overstay rate was 1.15% of the expected departures, the DHS said. It was 1.16% for India, which is a non-visa waiver programme (VWP) country. For non-VWP countries, the FY 2017 suspected in-country overstay rate is 1.91% of the 14,659,249 expected departures.
B-1, B-2 visas: Are issued to those who come to the US for business, visit or tourism purposes.
14,204: Of the 10.7 lakh Indians who visited the US on these visas, overstayed in the country.
1,708: Of them left the US later after the expiry of their visas, the DHS report said.
12,498: Number of Indians there is no record of leaving the US. It could be presumed that they continue to stay in the US as illegal immigrants.
Overstaying on other categories of non-immigrants in 2017
Over 4.5 lakh:Indians among other categories of non-immigrants who were expected to leave the US in 2017.
9,568:Of them overstayed their visas; 2,956 left the US after the expiry of their visa term.
6,612:Indians, who came to the US on these visa categories, are suspected to be illegally staying in the country, the DHS said.
Overstaying on F, J and M visa categories in 2017
127,435 Indian students and research scholars came to the US on F, J and M visa categories in 2017.
4,400 Of them overstayed in the US. Figures indicate that 1,567 left the US later, the report said.
2,833 Indians who came to the US on these categories are still there, it added.
701,900 foreigners overstayed their visas: Report
•52,656,022: In-scope nonimmigrant admissions to the US through air or sea port of entries (POEs) with expected departures occurring in fiscal 2017, DHS said in its 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report.
•In-scope admissions represent the vast majority of all air and sea nonimmigrant admissions.
•701,900: Of this number, the DHS calculated a total overstay rate of 1.33%, or 701,900 overstay events. For India it was 1.32%.
15,723 Indians overstayed in 2016
•A little over 10 lakh Indians visited the US on B-1, B-2 visas in 2016, and 17,763 of them, overstayed in the US.
•Of these, 15,723 of them continued to stay illegally, as per the official DHS figures.