The American Samoa Senate has approved a measure that would penalise sponsors of foreign nationals who overstay in the territory.
According to the bill, they could be charged ten US dollars for every day a foreigner remains illegally in the territory.
For businesses the fine is 50 US dollars a day.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for review and consideration.
The Senate president and sponsor of the bill, Lolo Moliga, says it will go a long way in assisting the Immigration Office's efforts to ensure that foreigners leave as soon as their permits expire.