President Donald Trump’s administration posted a new policy memorandum to crack down on students and exchange visitors overstaying their visas.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memorandum says students and exchange visitors will rack up “unlawful presence” days in the United States starting on the date they failed to maintain their F, J, or M immigrant status, according to a release. Individuals who depart the U.S. after more than 180 days of unlawful presence may be barred from re-entering the U.S. for three years.
The memorandum’s new time frame will supersede the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s policy, which went into effect in 1997. Under that old policy, students and exchange visitors “started accruing unlawful presence” on the day authorities discovered the violation, the memorandum shows.
A Wall Street Journal report said some experts believe as many as half of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. overstayed visas that expired.