US State Department to require social media handles on visa applications

As a part of new “extreme vetting” measures, social media for potential immigrants will be under scrutiny.

The US State Department has proposed that those seeking a United States visa will be required to give their social media handles, email addresses, and five years of past phone numbers on immigration forms.

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The document was posted on the Federal Register website on Thursday, but the 60 day public comment period does not begin until Friday March 30th. During that time, the new rules do not go into effect, as they gather feedback.

Except for those seeking diplomatic and official visas, applicants will also be required to submit any international travels, deportation status, and disclose if any family members have been involved in terrorist activities, as well as their social media handles.