US asks visa applicants for social media handles

(AFP) – The United States has begun asking some would-be visitors applying for visas to provide their identities on social media, among other more vigorous screening methods.

A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP new security procedures had gone into effect on May 25 for travelers deemed to present a risk.

In a March 6 memorandum, President Donald Trump vowed to tighten controls on who can enter the United States, the better to ferret out extremists who might pose a threat.

According to the US official, consular officers can now demand extra information from applicants they deem to require “more rigorous national security vetting.”

“Such visa applicants will be asked to provide additional information, including their social media handles, prior passport numbers, additional information about family members, and a longer history of past travel, employment, and contact information,” she said.

Nevertheless, she added, these changes will “affect only a fraction of one percent of the more than 13 million annual visa applicants worldwide.”

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

    well soon it won’t affect us in St Lucia cause our “hard working” PM will see to it that we don’t need a visa to get to the USA. So don’t worry bout that news Lucians

    1. Anonymous
      June 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

      This is not an overnight job. It takes work in case you never knew. Besides it may never happen because we lucians have overstated and some of us have made it bad for others. So stop being ignorant.

    2. Anon1
      June 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Anonymous June 3, 2017 at 4:49 am

      You’re being sarcastic right!

  2. Leon Jospeh
    June 3, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Tell the USA to stuff their visas. We really do not need to visit this crazy place with crazy people and a crazy president.

  3. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So funny!!!! but true.

  4. Anonymous
    June 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I agree with the people they have to know who is coming into their country. if you have your house would u let any body just walk in?

  5. Dirty Harry
    June 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Whoever said a US visa was a ticket to heaven…..as far as I’m concerned the worst criminals are US nationals anyway so……hold url visas…..the world is full of better places to visit….

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