Source confirmed that the U.S State Department will make it essential to disclose social media accounts from all those applying for the U.S visa. CNN reported that all U.S visa applicants should handover their entire social media accounts to the U.S government. The U.S State Department will submit documents to the Federal Register on Saturday. The Department proposed that at least every individual asking for a U.S visa should hand over their entire social media accounts operated on specific platforms during the last 5 years. The required information includes their telephone numbers and email addresses used during the same & specific period of time. Point to be noted that this requirement was essential for just visa applicants due to more strict and severe scrutiny.
But once enacted, these rule changes will require nearly all applicants submit this information, with the only potential exceptions being those applying for diplomatic and official visas. However, even they may have to provide their social media info, as the State Department’s documents only say “most” won’t be “routinely” asked for it. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security introduced a new rule that allows social media information to be included in immigrants’ official records. But the move to incorporate social media handles and searches into visa application protocols precedes the Trump administration. The State Department’s proposed changes also include questions about immigrants’ travel, whether they’ve been deported or removed from another country and if any of their relatives have been associated with terrorist activities. Applicants will also have the option to disclose social media handles used on platforms not listed on the questionnaire.