Definition of overstay in English:

overstay

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Stay longer than the time, limits, or duration of.

    ‘he was arrested for overstaying his visa’
    • ‘Although freed by court order of terrorism charges, he still is under a deportation order for overstaying his student visa.’
    • ‘The Justice Department has also announced that it is entering into its criminal data bank the names and descriptions of nearly 300,000 people who are charged with overstaying visas or otherwise staying in the country illegally.’
    • ‘On January 2, only a month after getting married, INS agents arrested him for overstaying his visa, which had expired last October.’
    • ‘They overstayed their three-month holiday visas and after being arrested were held in a number of detention centres.’
    • ‘In his case, he had overstayed his visa by 2 days.’
    • ‘Can you tell me about some of the experiences of the other detainees that you've talked to, people who were caught overstaying their visas?’
    • ‘Montana is a very remote area and we needed to get them to a proper emigration facility and get proper people to talk to them and treat them as people overstaying their visas.’
    • ‘Twenty-three nationals of Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon and Guinea and one Mexican residing in the Tanah Abang area were detained by immigration officials, who participated in the operation to search for foreigners overstaying their visas.’
    • ‘Over 400,000 foreign students have overstayed their student visas, and we simply have no idea where they are!’
    • ‘The plan was to overstay the visa, get a work permit and stay in America for good.’
    • ‘In April 2003, he was arrested for illegally overstaying his visa - the charge was later changed to illegal entry - and he filed for refugee status two months later.’
    • ‘One girl's father has also been arrested, for overstaying his visa.’
    • ‘If anyone overstays a visa by more than 42 days they can be deported immediately with no right of appeal.’
    • ‘The ‘blacked out’, as they are called, have usually overstayed their visas or work permits, or have breached some condition of their stay.’
    • ‘A pregnant Korean woman enters the United States on a visa, overstays the visa and decides to stay in the country permanently.’
    • ‘But in December 2000 he had an argument with his wife, which resulted in their separation, and he was then arrested for overstaying his leave to remain in the UK as a spouse.’
    • ‘But in December 2000 he was arrested for overstaying his leave to remain as a spouse after having an argument with his wife, which resulted in their separation.’
    • ‘He has been in detention in Bali since he was arrested there on 14 June 2000 for overstaying his tourist visa.’
    • ‘He was arrested for overstaying his visa and, fearing deportation, applied for refugee status.’
    • ‘He was charged in April 1995 with overstaying his visa, and had been free on $15,000 bond while he pursued his claim for political asylum.’

Pronunciation

overstay

/əʊvəˈsteɪ/