Analysis & Opinions

Visa Overstays Play Outsize Role in Unauthorized Migration

  • Blas Nunez-Neto
| Sep. 24, 2019

On April 22, 2019, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security “to find effective ways to combat the rampant number of overstays.” The White House fact sheet released with this announcement notes that twenty countries have visa overstay rates above 10 percent, and that one action being considered could be to limit the issuance of visas to countries with high rates of visa overstays. This paper will tackle the following questions: How big is the visa overstay problem? How does it compare to other forms of unauthorized migration? And what policy options are available to policymakers?

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For Academic Citation: Nunez-Neto , Blas.“Visa Overstays Play Outsize Role in Unauthorized Migration.” Edited by Nate Bruggeman. , September 24, 2019.

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