In its 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security described overstays as those who remain in the U.S. beyond their period of admission and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of period of admission, or transition to another immigration status.
And we are the ones that need IELTS https://t.co/fmY8v0S0bV
— 👤 (@akenny_O) April 14, 2019
Who else is thinking of changing his nationality to Ghanaian?… I now hearing that they have 30days US visa free.
I guess it is now too obvious for us still be needing an oracle to tell us things aren't working in Nigeria anymore. We're far from being regarded. @CACCOT1
— hassan ayoade (@AyoadehassanHa) April 6, 2019
A high proportion of countries expected to be affected by the new measure are African countries including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, and Djibouti, according to DHS’ 2017 report.
Truth must be told. Most Nigerian youths granted US Visa don't return back to Nigeria. The energy that Nigerians do put to travel out of Nigeria if same energy is devoted to holding leaders accountable, it will be needless to travel out of Nigeria and not return.
— Akinola Adekunle (@kunlehoo) April 16, 2019
Everywhere u go in Nigeria today; it is story of millions of productive youths writing TOEFL, IELTS & PTE for d soul purpose of running out of their mother land. D serial failure @MBuhari is crippling a once thriving middle class to a band of begging ignorant hailers.
— Holy Grail D' Zik حزقيال (@ezek_o) April 16, 2019
A total of 19,676 Nigerians overstayed their visas in the U.S. in 2017, representing 10.61%. Just the previous year in 2016, only a total of 12,043 Nigerians (6.34%) that travelled to the U.S. overstayed their visas.
An elderly woman got to the Embassy for a US visa. "Ma'am, your English is too poor and you want to go to the States. How'd you cope".
The woman replied saying "You don't speak any Nigerian language and you live in Nigeria. You give me some tips"
— Dumte Jonathan Dumamene (@chelsea4u) January 2, 2019
I was in ph and took a walk to Kingoliza hall the venue for IELTS.
The cars parked there confirmed that these folks who were all writing the general test weren't poor.
Poor are leaving in droves.
I pity the poor! https://t.co/1dbMjwI0W2
— The Senator (@Nigeria_Senator) April 16, 2019
President Donald Trump’s administration is considering new measures to crack down on countries whose citizens have a high rate of overstaying their visas in the United States.
Countries whose citizens overstay short-term tourist and business visas are at risk of getting hit with travel restrictions as part of new immigration measures being considered by the administration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
School fees is due next week and I have been having 'sleepless' nights……Can't continue with this fear. Canada calls! IELTS ready, WES evaluation ongoing…Certification in Supply chains and Contract management ongoing…I am done with Nigeria for now?
— Larry Curtis (@LaCurtiz) April 16, 2019
A Trump administration official told WSJ that the high percentage of overstays could compel the U.S. to warn affected countries that future visas could be shorter or harder to get if rates don’t reverse.
He said nationals from countries with high overstay rates could be barred entirely although no ban is currently under consideration.
White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, also said the Trump administration considers it a top priority to reduce overstay rates for visas.
“It’s well known that the administration is working to ensure faithful implementation of immigration welfare rules to protect American taxpayers,” he said.
Although African countries have some of the highest rates of citizens overstaying their visas, the actual number of overstays pales in comparison to other nations who have a lower percentage.
For example, Djibouti had the highest rate of overstays in 2017 with 42.30% of its citizens overstaying their visas in the U.S. However, the 42.30% only translated to just 423 people.
On the other hand, the United Kingdom had a 0.54% overstay rate, but this translated to a total of 25,694 UK visitors who overstayed their visas in 2017.
Others with low rates but higher numbers of people include Germany with 11,040 citizens (0.51%), Italy with 10,337 citizens (0.83%), and France with 16,456 citizens (0.91%).
Despite this, the Trump administration’s new measure will affect Djibouti but not the UK, Germany, Italy or France which have more of their citizens violating their visa conditions.
Trump continues tough war on immigration
Trump was elected U.S. president in 2016 largely off the back of his tough stance on both legal and illegal immigration, an approach he’s expected to double down on for his 2020 re-election campaign.
The Republican president’s tough stance on immigration has led to a panicky exodus of immigrants from the North American country. His threat to review the Temporary Protected Status of thousands of foreign nationals in 2017 led to an upsurge of immigrants heading to neighbouring Canada.
Between June 2017 and May 2018, Canadian authorities intercepted more than 7,600 Nigerian asylum seekers, with 81% of them having valid U.S. non-immigrant visas in their possession.
The trend of illegal border-crossers from Nigeria worried the Canadian government so much that two officials were sent to Lagos in 2018 to work directly with their counterparts in the U.S. visa office to collaborate on how to lower the number of migrants who eventually end up making asylum claims in Canada.
More recently, the Canadian government adopted a new stringent policy to deal with asylum seekers who illegally cross into the country from the U.S.
Source: Pulse News