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21,000 Indians overstayed visas in US

21,000 Indians overstayed visas in US
August 17
10:53 2018

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 here.

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, but 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 Entry overstayed their visas between October 2016 and September 2017.

The report said that in 2017, more than 10.7 lakh Indians visited the US on the popular B-1, B-2 visas, which is issued to those who come to the US for business, visit or tourism purposes.

Of these, 14,204 overstayed in the country. According to the report, 1,708 of these Indians left the US later after the expiry of their visas, while there is no record of 12,498 Indians leaving the country. This could be presumed that they continue to stay in the US as an illegal immigrant. PTI

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