overstay

verb
over·​stay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstā How to pronounce overstay (audio) \
overstayed; overstaying; overstays

Definition of overstay

transitive verb

: to stay beyond the time or the limits of

Examples of overstay in a Sentence

She was guilty of overstaying a student visa.

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In May, the US suspended a visa waiver program for Nigerian applicants and has reportedly considered issuing visas for shorter validity periods in response to the high rates of Nigerian nationals overstaying visas. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has backed down and lowered visa fees for Americans after a US visa hike," 29 Aug. 2019 Watson’s ex-husband owes her $150,000 in child support and Watson faces thousands of dollars in fines because the children overstayed their residential visas in the UAE — which were revoked months ago due to the travel restrictions. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Glastonbury mom wins custody case in UAE, returning home with her children after victory in Abu Dhabi courtroom," 5 Aug. 2019 The program protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. Mark Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court to decide on Trump’s bid to end DACA," 28 June 2019 The program protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. Dallas News, "Supreme Court will decide whether Trump has the power to end DACA," 28 June 2019 The program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — protects about 700,000 people, known as dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court to decide on Trump’s effort to end protections for ‘Dreamers’," 28 June 2019 The program protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. Mark Sherman, The Denver Post, "Supreme Court to decide on Trump bid to end DACA," 28 June 2019 Most Central Americans heading for Europe, however, do not apply for asylum protection, instead overstaying their tourist visas — generally in Spain or Italy. Melissa Vida, New York Times, "For Central Americans, Fleeing to Europe May Beat Trying to Reach U.S.," 9 June 2019 And in 2018, only about 1 percent of visa holders overstayed. Anchorage Daily News, "To board a plane without a ticket, just give up your face -- and your privacy," 11 June 2019

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overstay

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overstay

: to stay longer than you are expected or allowed to stay

overstay

verb
over·​stay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstā How to pronounce overstay (audio) \
overstayed; overstaying

Kids Definition of overstay

: to stay beyond or longer than We overstayed our welcome.

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