Some 351 St Lucians overstayed their visit to the United States last year, according to new data released by the US Government.
The statistics are contained in the Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report prepared by the US Department of Homeland Security.
It provides data on departures and overstays for foreign visitors to the United States who entered as nonimmigrant visitors through an air or sea Port of Entry.
The report shows that a total of 15,616 St Lucians visited the United States during the period October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016, registering a total overstay rate of 2.25 percent.
Of that number, 320 are classified as “Suspected In-Country Overstays”, which describes individuals for whom no departure has been recorded.
A further 31 people are listed as “Out-of-Country Overstays” meaning their departure was recorded after their lawful period of admission expired.
The data also shows that 300 St Lucians travelled to the United States as Nonimmigrant Student and Exchange Visitors, with a total of 36 overstays.
15 people are listed as out of country overstay while 21 are registered as in-country overstay.
By comparison, 14,100 travelled to the United States in 2015 with a total of 396 overstaying their visit, according to the data, recording an overstay rate of 2.81 percent.
According to the report, 50,437,278 were admitted into the United States by air or sea in 2016 with a total overstay rate of 1.47 percent, or 739,478 individuals.