The United States is set to restrict students from Nigeria and others from admission of more than two years.
This is according to the new guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The new measures were published in the U.S. federal register. The start date of the policy is expected
DHS proposed a “maximum admission period of up to 2 years for certain students”.
“If an immigration officer finds that an alien violated his or her status prior to or during the course of an EOS adjudication and denies the EOS request, the alien generally would begin accruing unlawful presence the day after issuance of the denial”, it said.
The policy would affect natives or citizens of countries on the State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) List, citizens of countries with more than 10% overstay rate, students of unaccredited school and those of schools that does not use E-Verify.
Nigeria had Total Overstay Rate of 13.43%, and Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate of 11.12%.
For SST, they are countries America determine have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.
Categories of sanctions include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items, and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.
The DHS 2019 Entry/Exit Overstay Report provided data on expected departures and overstays for foreign travelers who entered as nonimmigrants through air or sea port of entry (POEs) and who were expected to depart between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
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An overstay is described as a nonimmigrant lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized period, but remained in the United States beyond his or her authorized period of admission.
Nigeria’s 2019 overstay rates for nonimmigrants admitted (on B1, B2 visas) for business or pleasure via air and sea.
Expected Departures – 177,835, Out-of-Country Overstays – 764, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 16,802, Total Overstays – 17,566, Total Overstay Rate – 9.88%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 9.45%.
Overstay rates for non-immigrant students and exchange visitors (on F, M, J visas) admitted via air and sea.
Expected Departures – 9,336, Out-of-Country Overstays – 216, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 1,038, Total Overstays – 1,254, Total Overstay Rate – 13.43%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 11.12%.
Overstay rates for other in-scope nonimmigrant classes of admission admitted via air and sea;
Expected Departures – 3,870, Out-of-Country Overstays – 29, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 500, Total Overstays – 529, Total Overstay Rate – 13.67%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 12.92%.