Visa Applicants Now Being Asked for Social Media Profiles

The Trump administration has implemented new rules for those wishing to apply for visas in the United States. The changes come as President Donald Trump continues his policy of “extreme vetting” for visa applicants.

The new rules took effect May 25 2017. Here are some of the new information that may be requested of visa applicants:

  • All social media profiles from the last 5 years.
  • Prior passport number.
  • More details about a visa applicant’s family members.
  • Personal history including employment, travel and residence for the last 15 years.

Previously personal history was only collected from five years back. According to a report by ABC News the new rules will apply to 65,000 applicants a year or 0.5 percent of all applicants.

Those impacted will be “immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities,” the ABC News report states. “Only a fraction of 1 percent of the more than 13 million annual visa applicants worldwide.”

The ABC News report goes on to say failure to provide the new information will not necessarily lead to a visa denial. When it comes to social media profiles the Department of State told ABC News they, ““will not be used to deny visas based on applicants’ race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political views, gender, or sexual orientation.”

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