It’s time to be conscious because you’ll now have to provide your social media details for Visa Applications.
If you have not been conscious of what you post on your account before,
be it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or otherwise.
The US now requires virtually all visa applicants
to provide their account names for the past 5 years.
An estimated 65,000 applicants per year had fallen into that category.
This is a vast expansion of the Trump administrations
enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors.
The department says collecting the additional information from more applicants
“will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.”
You’ll submit your social media details usernames,
previous email addresses,
and phone numbers.
The change, which was proposed in March 2018,
is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners
who apply for visas to enter the United States each year.
According to the US,
“National security is our top priorities… We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”
If you are planning to travel out of this country
then you should be mindful of what you post on your social media handles.
The new rules apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
Visa Applicants with New Screening
In addition to their social media histories,
visa applicants are now asked for five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses,
international travel and deportation status,
as well as whether any family members have been involved in terrorist activities.
They also give applicants the option to volunteer information about social media accounts on platforms not listed on the form.
Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types are exempted from the requirements.
(Source: AP News)