Visa for USA: Government asks applicants for a social media history

Each year, approximately 15 million passengers want to travel to the United States. And to do so, an entry visa is required. However, today, as of a March 2018 measure, in addition to the documentation required for your request, you must specify the information of the social media profiles.

Also, email and phone numbers that have been used for the past five years. The objective of this provision, established by the Donald Trump government, is to increase security throughout the United States. To be more informed, below are detailed fundamental aspects of this new regulation.

Social media history when applying for the visa: what is it?

Due to the need to strengthen the control of US migration, at present, the obligation to detail what the active social media profiles have been for the last five years prevails. The specification of the platforms must be made as an affidavit. If the proportion of such data is lied to, the applicant may have to assume negative effects on their immigration status. On the other hand, the only exceptions that are contemplated are those applicants for diplomatic and official visas.

What are the social networks that should be informed?

In effect, in the DS-160 form of visa application for the US, in addition to the personal data, the online platforms used must be made explicit in the “Social Media” section. Also, user names. In the event that there are several, they must also be described. Next, the Social Media to be detailed in the corresponding document:

  • Douban
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Myspace
  • Pinterest
  • Qzone
  • Reddit
  • Sina Weibo
  • Tencent Weibo
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Twoo
  • Vine
  • Vkontakte
  • Youku
  • Youtube

In conclusion, new technologies have changed multiple paradigms, and migration policies are no exception. It is that for the United States, the RR.SS. they are no longer just a means of communication, but also a source, where to detect possible cases of visa applicants that could affect national security.

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