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US visa applicants will have to share social media details

US visa applicants will have to share social media details
Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the new measures (Picture: Getty)

People travelling to the US to work or study will have to submit social media names and five years worth of email addresses and phone numbers, under new rules.

Authorities estimate that the change could affect 14.7 million people annually.

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

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

Before the proposed change, only people who needed additional vetting – such as those who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorist groups – needed to hand over this data.

he State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It?s a vast expansion of the Trump administration?s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that?s just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including ?social media identifiers,? from almost all U.S. applicants. The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the United States each year.
The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers (Picture: Department of Homeland Security)

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.

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Anyone found to be lying about their social media accounts, could face serious immigration consequences according to a State Department official who spoke to the Hill.

When the Trump administration first proposed the rules in March 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights group, said there is no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair.

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