Travelling To USA? The Visa Application Now Needs Your Social Media Details

From politics and business to pop culture and even art, social media has woven itself into our modern age, influencing everything. Whether you believe it or not, but on some level, your social media profile gives insight into the type of person you are. At least the United States fully buys into this. Because next time you are planning to stay in the US, you’ll need some additional information- your social media info.

Visa applicants to the United States are now required to submit their social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers under new rules by the State Department. This means, the US government would have access to all your photos, locations, date of birth, date of milestones and other personal date commonly shared on social media.

The decision is a part of the vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. According to the US Department, collecting the additional information from more applicants ‘will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.’ The new visa rules apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and non-immigrants. Travellers will be required to list their social media identifiers used over past five years, in a drop-down menu format in the website, along with other information needed for the visa. Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types are exempted from the social media information requirements.

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