usa – How would the INS find out about a visa overstay?

I see all kinds of guidance on various travel resources about visa overstays, penalties, forgiveness, excemptions, blah, blah.

However, none of the resources that I have seen ever say how the INS would find out about an overstay. I mean they can make all kinds of threats about penalties, but it is moot if the INS never has any way to find out.

As far as I understand it a record is only created when a traveler ENTERS the United States, not when the traveler leaves. When the traveler leaves, they just get on the plane and leave. There is no customs, no immigration check, no nothing. So if there is no record being created of the departure, it would seem to be impossible for INS to ever know about, much less prove a visa overstay. Am I missing something here?

usa – Did I overstay my F1 visa by staying in the US for 5 months after graduation?

According to the dates written on my f1 visa paper, I did not overstay.

According to PROGRAM START/END DATE written on I-20 form, I did not overstay.

However I think F1 visa is valid as long as you are a student. As far as I remember, I had a right to stay in the us for 2 months after graduation (grace period). But I left 5 months after I graduated.

Did I overstay my visa?

I might apply for a US tourist visa and I think they ask if I overstayed previously. How should I answer this question?

UK overstay from 2011 to 2014, can I apply for any other visa type now?

A 2-year overstay is very big, therefore it is very unlikely you will be granted a visa.

For comparison, under rule 320(7B), overstayers are normally barred from re-entering the UK for at least one year, unless they overstayed by less than 90 days and left the UK voluntarily at their own expense.

So I imagine even if you didn’t get a ban you would most likely be refused.

A way you could get accepted is if you have significant proof of ties to your home country to show you won’t stay in the U.K. after your visa expires.

Your spouse visa could get accepted if you plan to apply for settlement and live with your partner.

customs and immigration – Will UK overstay affect my New Zealand dependent visa?

My UK visa extension got rejected in 2012 and i overstayed in UK for 6 months and came back to my home country voluntarily. I was on PSW visa at that time.

No stamp on my passport, but at airport I got a “notice to person liable to removal- section B” letter. Will this affect my New Zealand dependant visa for Feb 2022?

customs and immigration – Overstay in the UK will affect my New Zealand dependent visa?

My UK visa extension got rejected in 2012 and i overstayed in UK for 6 months and came back to my home country voluntarily. I was on PSW visa at that time.

No stamp on my passport, but at airport I got a “notice to person liable to removal- section B” letter. Will this affect my New Zealand dependant visa for Feb 2022?

overstaying – Finland: Medical Issues/Possible Accidental Overstay (American citizen, German residency permit)

everyone! Please bear with me, I am absolutely panicking and have worried I have absolutely miscalculated the time I have been in Finland. I am trying to do the right thing and honestly am at a loss.

My backstory: I am American, but am studying my PhD in Germany and have a German residency permit, as a result. My partner is Finnish, and living in Espoo, FI. We have dated about two years, and I have visited Finland every so often for short periods of time (a week, or two weeks, generally) over those two years.

Recently, I came to stay on March 21, 2021. I’ve had some severe health issues with kidney stones, and have been in and out of the hospital here in Espoo during that time. I am struggling to walk, am miserable and in pain, and have been essentially bedridden with my partner caring for me. I am still in pain to the point where I honestly don’t think I can hop on a flight back to Germany — I live totally alone there, with no support.

I am wildly terrified I may have accidentally overstayed. I have not been here for 90 days, yet — I arrived on March 21. However, I have visited my partner a few times over the past few years and am not sure how to calculate those past visits in with my current visit.
I honestly don’t know what to do, am a mess, and struggling to find accurate info online about what I need to do or how to calculate my time. Would anyone be willing to talk to me and walk me through it? Is there a way I can contact someone here in Finland for a temporary stay extension, if need be?

I do believe that if I calculate my past visits (short stays in Nov., Dec., and early March), I might be 4-5 days over the 90/180 day limit.

Thank you so much, in advance! I am feeling terrified and pressed for time, and would love any support. I have emailed Raja, Migri, the American embassy, and the local police stations, asking their opinion, as well.

Will being blacklisted in the Philippines for overstay affect chances of US F1/F2 Visas, or my future medical career in the US?

I am a foreign medical graduate, who studied Doctor of Medicine in the Philippines with my wife. Upon our graduation, we secured a hospital in the country for our postgraduate internship. However, the immigration liaison officer at the hospital that supposed to extend my visa traveled out of the country. Eventually, my visa had already expired by the time she filed it for extension.

As a result, the immigration fined me huge amount of money for overstaying. However, the hospital refused to take responsibility for my expired visa. Instead, they laid me off in order to secure their operational license. The whole thing lingered until the pandemic started. My wife’s visa also expired during the pandemic.

Now, we want to exit the country on our own, to return to our home country. In processing for our exit from the Philippines, the immigration is charging both of us around  $2,500 as penalties for overstay. We appealed to them that we had no such money. Instead, they advised us to secure CERTIFICATE OF INDIGENCY from Nigerian embassy in the Philippines, stating that we are unable to pay the penalties. Having secured the CERTIFICATE OF INDIGENCY from our embassy, the immigration said that our names will be blacklisted for 10years for overstay, or we pay the penalties.

But my major concern now is that I just secured admission for masters in a US university for Fall 2021. With this, I will be applying for F1 visa and F2 for my wife next month. We plan to take USMLE while in the US, and match into the US medical residency program. But with our names being blacklisted in the Philippines, will it affect our chances of getting student visas at the US embassy? Will it also affect our future plans to practice medicine in the US as medical doctors?

In filling out the online DS-160 forms, what do we answer to the question that says, “Have you ever been removed or deported from any country?” Is blacklisting a form removal or deportation?

One of my friends in the UK advised me to answer NO to the DS-160 question of “Have you ever been removed or deported from any country?” He gave the reason that since I was the person  who opted to exit the country that I should answer NO to the question. But because my friend is not a lawyer, I decided to seek your professional advice.

My concern is: if I answer YES to the DS-160 question with the explanation as INDIGENCY, won’t the consular at the US embassy deny me visa and also doubt my financial capacity for my master’s program in the US, even though I have two sponsors for my US study. Again, if I answer NO to the DS-160 question, will it backfire against my US visa and my future medical career in the US? I am just confused.

Please, kindly use your professional experience to advise us on what to do.

Thank you

WILL BEING BLACKLISTED IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR OVERSTAY AFFECT MY CHANCES OF US F1 & F2 VISAS, OR AFFECT MY FUTURE MEDICAL CAREER IN THE US?

I am a foreign medical graduate, who studied Doctor of Medicine in the Philippines with my wife. Upon our graduation, we secured a hospital in the country for our postgraduate internship. However, the immigration liason officer at the hospital that supposed to extend my visa traveled out of the country. Eventually, my visa had already expired by the time she filed it for extension.

As a result, the immigration fined me huge amount of money for overstaying. However, the hospital refused to take responsibility for my expired visa. Instead, they laid me off in order to secure their operational license. The whole thing lingered until the pandemic started. My wife’s visa also expired during the pandemic.

Now, we want to exit the country on our own, to return to our home country. In processing for our exit from the Philippines, the immigration is charging both of us around  $2,500 as penalties for overstay. We appealed to them that we had no such money. Instead, they advised us to secure CERTIFICATE OF INDIGENCY from Nigerian embassy in the Philippines, stating that we are unable to pay the penalties. Having secured the CERTIFICATE OF INDIGENCY from our embassy, the immigration said that our names will be blacklisted for 10years for overstay, or we pay the penalties.

But my major concern now is that I just secured admission for masters in a US university for Fall 2021. With this, I will be applying for F1 visa and F2 for my wife next month. We plan to take USMLE while in the US, and match into the US medical residency program. But with our names being blacklisted in the Philippines, will it affect our chances of getting student visas at the US embassy? Will it also affect our future plans to practice medicine in the US as medical doctors?

In filling out the online DS-160 forms, what do we answer to the question that says, “Have you ever been removed or deported from any country?” Is blacklisting a form removal or deportation?

One of my friends in the UK advised me to answer NO to the DS-160 question of “Have you ever been removed or deported from any country?” He gave the reason that since I was the person  who opted to exit the country that I should answer NO to the question. But because my friend is not a lawyer, I decided to seek your professional advice.

My concern is: if I answer YES to the DS-160 question with the explanation as INDIGENCY, won’t the consular at the US embassy deny me visa and also doubt my financial capacity for my master’s program in the US, even though I have two sponsors for my US study. Again, if I answer NO to the DS-160 question, will it backfire against my US visa and my future medical career in the US? I am just confused.

Please, kindly use your professional experience to advise us on what to do.

Thank you

us citizens – Overstay In India

** This is not an official answer, I may be wrong.

With OCI/PIO card, you can stay in India as long as you want. There was a rule after every 180 days, you need to register in local Police Station about extension of your stay, however since 2014 (with Modi Govt) they abolished the rule. However I dont have much idea about Tourist visa requirements for overstay.

Me/My wife(Malaysian citizen and Indian PIO card holder) traveled to India in 2013, we did overstay of little over 180 days, while returning back to the US, we were questioned and fined. Luckily we were little early at the airport, that we did not miss our flight for questioning and fine process.

I would suggest check all resources online, if needed apply for OCI/PIO card. OCI/PIO card mostly does not have overstay limitations.

For how many days I can over-stay than what I mentioned in the UK Visitor visa application?

I am planning to visit UK for around 20-30 days. I know that the Standard Visitor visa is valid for 6 months. let’s assume that in my Visa application I wrote that I would be staying in UK for 25 days and I end up staying in UK for 30 days without any valid reasons such as flight cancellations/Positive Covid test etc.

Is this going to be a problem? Am I going to be included in the list of “overstayers”?
What is a safe range to overstay if any?