More that 200 Antiguans & Barbudans Remained in US on Visitors’ Visa in 2018

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Monday 13th May, 2019-The United States Department of Homeland Security says of the 14,508 Antiguans and Barbduans that visited the United States for business or pleasure in fiscal year 2018, a total of 228 overstayed their time, down from 233 in 2017.

The figure is contained in the Fiscal year 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report.

The report provides data on expected departures and overstays, by country, for foreign travelers to the United States who entered as non-immigrants through an air or sea port of entry (POE) and who were expected to depart in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018). It does this by examining the number of entries, by country, for foreign travelers who arrived as non-immigrants during this time as of October 1, 2018.

For Antigua and Barbuda, 26 of the 14,508 departures are deemed out of country overstays and 202 are suspected in country overstays, meaning they entered the US but did not leave. Making the total number of Antiguans and Barbudans 228, a total overstay rate of 1.57% and a suspected in country overstay rate of 1.39%.

For Non-Immigrant Students and Exchange Visitors, there were 432 expected departures from the United States for the same period. Nine were classified as out of country overstays and 12 suspected in country overstays, meaning, the students remained there.

The Department of Homeland Security says identifying aliens who overstay their authorized periods of stay is important for national security, public safety, immigration enforcement, and processing applications for immigration benefits.

DHS has determined that there were 54,706,966 in-scope non-immigrant admissions to the United States through air or sea POEs with expected departures occurring in FY 2018, which represents the majority of air and sea annual non-immigrant admissions. Of this number, DHS calculated a total overstay rate of 1.22 percent, or 666,582 overstay events. In other words, 98.78 percent of the in-scope non-immigrant entries departed the United States on time and in accordance with the terms of their admission.

Within the region, for Guyana, a total of 3,320 Guyanese who visited the United States for various purposes from October 2017 to September 2018 overstayed their time. Of that amount, 3,065 are suspected to be staying in the country while 155 are out-of-country overstays.

For Jamaica, a total of 10,626 Jamaicans overstayed their United States (US) non-immigrant tourism/business (B1/B2) visas between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. 10,242 Jamaicans are now classified as suspected in-country overstays, and 384 Jamaicans left the US after their authorised period of admission expired.