Hungary and Portugal have high overstay rates under US visa waiver, says DHS report

Hungary and Portugal have high overstay rates over 2% under US visa waiver program, says 2016 DHS report.

Out of the total population, of the more than 21.6 million Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visitors expected to depart the United States in FY16, about 147,282 overstayed the terms of their admission, with 128,806 suspected in-country overstays (a .60 percent suspected in-country overstay rate for VWP travelers).

U.S. Code § 1187 – Visa waiver program for certain visitors, requires overstay rate for the country for the previous full fiscal year does not exceed the maximum visa overstay rate.

“Maximum Visa overstay rate” means, with respect to a country, the ratio of—

(I) the total number of nationals of that country who were admitted to the United States on the basis of a nonimmigrant visa whose periods of authorized stays ended during a fiscal year but who remained unlawfully in the United States beyond such periods; to

(II) the total number of nationals of that country who were admitted to the United States on the basis of a nonimmigrant visa during that fiscal year

According to Reuters, The threshold for the overstay rate triggering the public information campaign requirement is two percent, the officials said

VWP Nonimmigrant Business or Pleasure Overstay Rates

FY 2016 Overstay rates for nonimmigrant visitors admitted to the United States for business or pleasure (WB/WT/B-1/B-2) via air and sea POEs for VWP Countries

Expected

Out-of-

Suspected In-

Total

Total

Suspected In-

Country of Citizenship

Country

Country

Overstay

Country

Departures

Overstays

Overstays

Overstays

Rate

Overstay Rate

Andorra

1,308

9

9

0.69%

0.69%

Australia /23

1,362,199

980

6,583

7,563

0.56%

0.48%

Austria

211,224

116

2,784

2,900

1.37%

1.32%

Belgium

288,117

178

1,369

1,547

0.54%

0.48%

Brunei

1,125

1

10

11

0.98%

0.89%

Chile

363,570

813

5,416

6,229

1.71%

1.49%

Czech Republic

103,158

214

927

1,141

1.11%

0.90%

Denmark24

329,981

158

1,505

1,663

0.50%

0.46%

Estonia

23,158

35

160

195

0.84%

0.69%

Finland

156,057

112

604

716

0.46%

0.39%

France25

1,751,536

1,629

10,358

11,987

0.68%

0.59%

Germany

2,061,112

1,416

18,780

20,196

0.98%

0.91%

Greece

77,562

421

1,280

1,701

2.19%

1.65%

Hungary

82,533

431

1,841

2,272

2.75%

2.23%

Iceland

54,806

28

154

182

0.33%

0.28%

Ireland

483,613

392

2,177

2,569

0.53%

0.45%

Italy

1,207,242

1,480

14,896

16,376

1.36%

1.23%

Japan

3,007,800

441

4,401

4,842

0.16%

0.15%

Korea, South

1,266,839

1,368

4,507

5,875

0.46%

0.36%

Latvia

20,344

107

249

356

1.75%

1.22%

Liechtenstein

2,082

2

15

17

0.82%

0.72%

Lithuania

30,846

129

484

613

1.99%

1.57%

Luxembourg

14,251

11

100

111

0.78%

0.70%

Malta

6,047

7

54

61

1.01%

0.89%

Monaco

1,097

2

4

6

0.55%

0.36%

Netherlands /26

721,977

511

4,081

4,592

0.64%

0.57%

New Zealand /27

308,703

273

1,526

1,799

0.58%

0.49%

Norway

281,559

158

992

1,150

0.41%

0.35%

Portugal

164,662

621

3,365

3,986

2.42%

2.04%

San Marino

697

2

12

14

2.01%

1.72%

Singapore

127,149

146

471

617

0.49%

0.37%

Expected

Out-of-

Suspected In-

Total

Total

Suspected In-

Country of Citizenship

Country

Country

Overstay

Country

Departures

Overstays

Overstays

Overstays

Rate

Overstay Rate

Slovakia

46,449

156

703

859

1.85%

1.51%

Slovenia

24,158

27

223

250

1.03%

0.92%

Spain

940,218

1,969

11,716

13,685

1.46%

1.25%

Sweden

560,320

370

2,601

2,971

0.53%

0.46%

Switzerland

434,189

289

2,257

2,546

0.59%

0.52%

Taiwan

388,713

681

1,522

2,203

0.57%

0.39%

United Kingdom28

4,709,633

2,802

20,670

23,472

0.50%

0.44%

TOTAL

21,616,034

18,476

128,806

147,282

0.68%

0.60%

  • /23 Australia includes Australia, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, and Cocos (Keeling) Island.
  • /24 Denmark includes Denmark, Faroe Islands, and Greenland.
  • /25 France includes France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Wallis and Futuna.
  • /26 Netherlands includes the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.
  • /27 New Zealand includes New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tokelau, and Niue.


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