New Delhi: US President on Monday issued a memo and directed Department of State and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to minimize overstays of business and tourists visitors and of other non-immigrant visa holders.
However, this order may hamper Indians staying in the United States as the direction by Trump to impose admission bonds as a means of improving compliance with the terms and conditions of ‘non-immigrant visas’.
According to Mitchell Wexler, California based partner at Fragomen, a global firm specialising in immigration laws, said, “The Presidential Memo refers to ‘all classes of non-immigrant visas, which is all encompassing. It would cover visas given to students, workers and their dependents. Looks like admission bonds will be commonly used, in the future.”
As per the Open Doors Report released last November, there were 1.96 lakh Indian students in the US, constituting nearly 18% of the total international students. The Entry-Exit Overstay Report (2018) issued by DHS shows that nearly 1.27 lakh Indian students were expected to leave the US during the fiscal 2017 (period October 1, 2016 up to September 30, 2017) of which 3.45% overstayed.