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Applying for US visa, Applicants have now to disclose social media accounts and email address

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Applicants applying for a US visa must submit all details and accounts of social media.

According to Reuters, Trump administration approved more strict vetting process for US visa applicants on May 23. Under the new procedures, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.

So now the US Embassy official has the authority to request a social media accounts along with email address, and telephone number of the applicant for the last five years. In addition, the US embassy can also ask to provide, the applicant’s travel history for the last 15 years.US Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly said the questions about social media will be submitted to a particular applicant whose identity needs to be further confirmed. with a strict policy for visa applications, the procedure especially applied to applicants from the seven Muslim countries.

Earlier this year President Trump tried to impose a travel ban on people from seven Muslim countries into the United States. which include Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

According to Kelly, it is very difficult to properly screen the people of these countries. The Social media monitoring should be done by local US embassies. Its cooperation would not be mandatory, but denial can result in the rejection of the visa. When applying for a visa, the official wants to look at what are they are doing on the Internet. Kelly stressed that the question of passwords for social media profiles is only one of the options currently under consideration.


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