I am on visitors visa to USA from India . At the immigration in USA , the stamping was done and on it was written "until mon 02 2019" (as I told the offficial my return ticket is on 25th february 2019) . My doubt is does this mean I should reach India by 25th february or leave usa by 25th february..??

As per my return ticket, I’ll start from U.S on 25th february and reach India on 27th February .

Thank you for your time and patience .

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    Is there a digit(s) missing from the date in your question? As written, it’s ‘Mon February 2019’, which doesn’t make sense
    – Traveller
    Sep 4, 2018 at 10:29
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    Could you take a photo? "mon" or "mar"? Sep 4, 2018 at 12:15
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    "mon" should be the actual month, so it's probably rather "until mar 02 2019" or something similar (6 months from date of arrival)?
    – jcaron
    Sep 4, 2018 at 12:15
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    @Fattie please make your comment an answer. Thank you. Sep 4, 2018 at 13:19
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    Why should the US care when you get to India? Just because you are heading home after leaving doesn't mean that's the required course. I've taken trips involving multiple countries that meant I didn't get home until long after the date we were expected to leave various countries along the way. Sep 4, 2018 at 23:19

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THe USA doesn't care where you are after leaving the US; they only care about how long you're in the US for.

So it's simply the date by which you must leave the US.

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    "You must leave the United States by 25 February 2018". - Does that mean you can spend the day of the 25th in the country, so long as I leave by 00:00:00 26 February 2018, or do I have to be out by 00:00:01 25 February 2018 (aka just after midnight on the 25th)?
    – BruceWayne
    Sep 4, 2018 at 19:12
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    according to this, the visa period is understood to be "until and including" its whole last day. overstay would begin after midnight.
    – dlatikay
    Sep 4, 2018 at 22:33
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    And if your flight was supposed to leave at 11pm and leaves two hours late, you are in trouble. Having zero room for error is reckless.
    – gnasher729
    Sep 4, 2018 at 22:36
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    @gnasher729 but would immigrations know your plane left two hours late? I don't recall people checking my passport stamps while boarding the plane, and flight information isn't stored on the passport. It's a lot of work to record this information for every late plane.
    – Nelson
    Sep 5, 2018 at 0:25
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    @gnasher729 If that happens and you're still outside the plane by midnight, you should ask for a CBP officer (at least some are usually around) and explain the Situation, and politely ask them to make a record of it, so that it's noted that the late exit was more or less beyond your control. Or, if you already made it to the plane before midnight, but it leaves late, get a delay confirmation from the airline and email it to the CBP, and politely ask them to make a note of it
    – Crazydre
    Sep 5, 2018 at 0:27

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