The Latest Push Against Illegal Immigration & Visa Overstays

President Donald Trump ordered his administration to take action against foreigners who legally enter the country but remain in the U.S. after their visas expire. The president signed a memorandum ordering the secretary of state and the secretary of homeland security to submit a plan of action by August of 2019. Their approach will be to penalize countries whose citizens have high rates of overstays and require foreign travelers to post “admission bonds” that would be repaid once they leave the country.

According to recent Homeland Security research, more than 1.2 million foreigners overstayed their visas from 2016 to 2017. In 2006, the Pew Research Center estimated that nearly half of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants entered the country legally on visas but stayed at the United States after their visas expired. This can be a great risk for many people with expired visas because they turn into undocumented immigrants who can now be deported.

New Immigration Changes

In 2016, the federal government started tracking visa overstays during the Obama administration. The reports revealed that there are thousands of undocumented immigrants who are in danger of deportation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin enforcing punishments against countries where 10% of their citizens travel to the U.S. on short-term visas and don't leave the country when their visas expire. Some penalties may include limiting the number of visas granted to citizens of those countries, limiting the time its citizens are allowed to travel to the U.S., and requiring its citizens to provide more documents when traveling. Although these penalties are primarily for other countries, future enforcement will affect immigrants across the United States, including New Jersey.

The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security will immediately begin taking action to reduce overstay rates for all classes non-immigrant visas.

Get Help from Our New Jersey Immigration Lawyer!

If you are one of the many people who remained in the United States with an expired visa, it is vital to contact an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. US immigration law is extremely complex, and it changes frequently without warning. The New Jersey immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and businesses understand the complexities of federal immigration and deportation law. If you have any questions and need guidance with immigration law, contact our firm today!

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