Over 584,000 Foreigners Overstayed Their Visas: DHS

Article publisher: 
Epoch Times
Article date: 
1 January 2022
Article category: 
National News
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Some 584,885 foreigners overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2020, according to a newly released report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS released the report this week but made it appear as if it were released in September 2021 after being pressured by Republican senators for defying the law and not releasing it.
The Entry-Exit Overstay Report (pdf) found 584,885 foreign nationals who were legally allowed to enter the United States for a period of time but failed to abide by their visas and stayed longer than permitted.
That was higher than the 497,272 foreigners who overstayed visas in fiscal year 2019....
About 1.2 percent of foreigners who entered the United States legally via air or sea are believed to have overstayed their visas in 2020, according to the report.
The most overstays among nonimmigrant visitors were among Brazilians, Venezuelans, Colombians, Chinese, and the British. Nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors staying too long were most likely to be from China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil.
The high number of overstays “is an indication that the State Department is not doing a good enough job to screen travelers for eligibility and that they’re simply issuing too many visas inappropriately to unqualified applicants,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Epoch Times....