Greek Citizens Among Top Violators of U.S. Entry Visa Overstays


A new report released by the United States Department of Homeland Security shows statistics related to the number of overstays— or people who arrived on a legitimate visa, but stayed longer than was permitted.

All in all, DHS reported that more than a half a million people from dozens of countries stayed in the United States in 2015. The report does not reveal if these people eventually left, or of they remained in the country, illegally.

DHS found that 527,127 aliens temporally granted U.S. business and tourist visas were found to have stayed in the United States longer than legally permitted in 2015. Of those who did not leave the United States on time, around 482,781 are believed to still be illegally residing in the United States, according to the DHS report.

The results collected reveal a tiny fraction of visitors— 1.07% of the nearly 45 million visitors to the country— were violators.overstay-chart

Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy account for almost 60,000 of these overstays, but the percentage of overstays compared to the actual number of visitors is small: 1.07%, 0.43% and 1.60%, respectively.

Hungary tops the list, based on total overstay percentage, based on number of visitors, with a 2.92 per cent rate of overstays. Chile is second with 2.33 per cent and Greece and Portugal are tied for the third place of overstays, with 2.31 per cent each.

The full 2015 report from DHS is here.


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