More than 2,700 Bahamians are suspected of overstaying their time in the United States during the 2019/2020 fiscal year, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The department’s “Fiscal Year 2019 Entry/Exit Overstay Report” provides data on expected departures and overstay for foreign travelers to the United States who entered through air or sea ports of entry and who were expected to depart between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
The document notes that 268,870 Bahamians, who were visiting for business or pleasure, were expected to depart the U.S. during that period.
It notes 2,478 of those individuals overstayed.
The report also indicates that 208 Bahamian students and exchange visitors also overstayed last year. There were 7,154 expected departures for that category.
The document notes that 625 Bahamians, who are considered “other in-scope nonimmigrant classes”, were expected to depart the U.S.
Fifteen of those individuals overstayed.
“For this report, the term in-scope includes the following categories of nonimmigrant admissions: temporary workers and families (temporary workers and trainees, intracompany transferees, treaty traders and investors), students, exchange visitors, temporary visitors for pleasure, temporary visitors for business and other nonimmigrant classes of admission,” the report notes.
“This report calculates overstays by entry rather than by individual.
“For example, if a traveler with a multiple entry visa enters multiple times during the reporting period, each time he or she remains longer than the authorized period of admission is counted as a separate overstay.”
There was a 60 percent increase last year in the number of Bahamians who overstayed after being admitted for business or pleasure.
In 2018, Homeland Security reported only 1,545 overstays for Bahamians.
It reported 232 students and exchange visitors and 31 other in-scope nonimmigrant classes overstaying their time in the U.S.