Saturday, October 19, 2019

US Visa Applicants Now Required To List Social Media Details

BBC News:– Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules.

The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers.

When proposed last year, authorities estimated the proposal would affect 14.7 million people annually.

Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the stringent new measures.

However, people travelling to the US to work or to study will have to hand over their information.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” the department reportedly said.

Previously, only applicants who needed additional vetting – such as people who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorist groups – would need to hand over this data.

But now applicants will have to give up their account names on a list of social media platforms, and also volunteer the details of their accounts on any sites not listed.

Anyone who lies about their social media use could face “serious immigration consequences”, according to an official who spoke to The Hill.

The Trump administration first proposed the rules in March 2018.

At the time, the American Civil Liberties Union – a civil rights group – said there is “no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair”, and said it would cause people to self-censor themselves online.

US President Donald Trump made cracking down on immigration a key plank of his election campaign in 2016.

He called for “extreme vetting” of immigrants before and during his time in office.

On Friday Mr Trump vowed to impose gradually rising tariffs on Mexico unless the country curbed illegal immigration at the US southern border.

5 COMMENTS

  1. smh… the Dems better not screw the next election up because if this idiot gets another 4 years. You will soon need to take a lie-detector test to enter the US.

  2. Trump is not rich for nothing; He is also a very, very smart man, just remember that! He is trying to detect those who write against his attitude concerning immigrants, in that case he is very watchful!

  3. We are free to live in any part of the world, whether it’s USA, England or wherever, We must obey the rules of the country and abide by them. If they don’t want us in their country, we have our own stay home and enjoy it. Or move to another part of the Caribbean and be happy.

  4. Changes with the current visa rules in US maybe because they are alarm with the increasing number of illegal immigrant who stay and work in US. This way they can at-least minimize illegal immigrants from coming in.

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