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Immigrants Must Give Social Media Information for Visa Applications, State Department Proposes

Immigrants Must Give Social Media Information for Visa Applications, State Department Proposes

Should the measure be put into place, applicants will need to provide certain social media accounts, email addresses, and phone numbers used over the last five years.

According to the documents, approximately 14 million people would be affected by the new proposals and another 700,000 would be affected in the immigration system.

The Trump administration wants all U.S. visa applicants to submit details of their previous phone numbers, email addresses and social media histories as part of its "vetting" practice and to prevent entry of individuals who might pose a threat to the country.

Under the proposal, applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas would be required to disclose "identifiers" they have used on various social media platforms in the previous five years, in addition to old telephone numbers and email addresses.

The Department of State estimates that its revised visa process will affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants attempting to enter the USA; its more limited review of travelers flagged for additional screening only affected an estimated 65,000 people.

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It's the latest in an ongoing effort to collect more information on U.S. visitors' social media activities as they enter the country, spurred by Congress in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.

There is also no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair, especially in the absence of criteria to guide the use of social media information in the visa adjudication process.

The visa norm will also include the proposed visa application and also include the various other details of the medical history. The administration has put an emphasis on "extreme vetting" of potential US immigrants.

This isn't the first time personal information like this has been requested, however.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal once it is filed to the Federal Register today. The only exceptions are those traveling on diplomatic and official government visas. There will also be an optional section for applicants to share information about social media services not listed on the application.


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