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Cablegate: Kyiv: B1b2 Validation Study Results-Overstays Up

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RR RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHSK RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHKV #1767 2871123
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 141123Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8582
RUEHPNH/NVC PORTSMOUTH 0037
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KYIV 001767

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR CA/FPP (BILLINGSR), CA/VO/F/P, DS/CR/VG, EUR/UMB, G/TIP
DEPT ALSO PASS TO KCC
DHS FOR CIS/FDNS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CVIS KFRD CPAS CMGT ASEC UP
SUBJECT: KYIV: B1B2 VALIDATION STUDY RESULTS-OVERSTAYS UP

1. (U) Summary: Embassy Kyiv concluded a validation study of B1/B2
visas issued between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008. During this time
period, Post issued 21,331 B1/B2 visas. The validation study showed
a total overstay rate of 4 percent, with a 3.8 percent margin of
error. The study was intended to track overstay trends in comparison
with Post's previous B1/B2 validation study, which was conducted on
applicants issued from December 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007. The
prior study showed a total overstay rate of 2.7 percent. Thus, Post
experienced an increase in the B1/B2 overstay rate, although the
increase was within the margin of error for the statistical sample.
End summary.

SAMPLE, DATA COLLECTION, AND METHODOLOGY

2. (U) Post conducted its validation study on 1289 randomly selected
applicants from the pool of 21,331 B1/B2 issuances from June 1, 2007
to May 31, 2008. Post submitted the sample group to CA/FPP for
computer verification of entry/exit records. In 112 cases (nine
percent), computer records showed no travel by the applicant. Post
verified the presence in Ukraine of 93 of these applicants through
phone calls, and could not verify the location of the remaining 19.
For the analyzed period, Post refused approximately 13,004 B1/B2
applications, for a refusal rate of 38 percent. The study was
conducted with a 95 percent confidence rate and a margin of error of
3.8 percent.

RESULTS

3. (U) As of September 1, 2009, Post confirmed that 4 percent (58
out of the 1289 in the sample) of applicants issued during the study
period stayed in the United States. Virtually all of these overstays
(48 out of 58) were "illegal" overstays, meaning the applicants in
question did not adjust status. The remaining 10 adjusted to LPR
status, F1 status, or were pending an adjustment at the conclusion
of the period covered by the verification study .

4. (U) The 4 percent overstay rate reflects a slight increase over
the rate from the previous B1/B2 validation study, which was
conducted on applicants issued from December 1, 2006 through May 31,
2007. The prior study showed a total overstay rate of 2.7 percent,
with a 1.8 percent "illegal" to overstay rate. However, the increase
is within the margin of error for the statistical sample.

PROFILE OF TRAVELERS WHO OVERSTAYED

5. (U) Post reports the following characteristics concerning the
B1/B2 travelers who stayed in the United States.

Top destinations for travelers who overstayed:

New York 24 percent
Illinois 14 percent
California 10 percent
Florida 7 percent
New Jersey 5 percent

Top occupations of travelers who overstayed:

Students 16 percent
Retired 14 percent

Purpose of travel for travelers who overstayed:

Business 28 percent
Visit Amcit relatives 28 percent
Visit friends 16 percent
Tourism 10 percent
Visit LPR relatives 9 percent
Conference 5 percent


6. (U) Given the relatively small number of overstays, Post cannot
make strong generalizations about patterns in overstay cases.
However, the results provide some useful information about the
characteristics of applicants who overstay, and will prove helpful
as we continue to analyze and understand the Ukrainian applicant
pool.

PETTIT

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