Social Media May Now Endanger Your Visa Application
Social media knows you better than you know yourself
Social media plays an essential part in most of our lives from a white collar worker, to a student, and to an immigrant. The information retrieved from your posts, check-in locations, photos, and photo tags could potentially indicate underlie who you are; such information would be a much more accurate indicator of who we are compared to what we fill out in the visa application.
You now may be asked to disclose your social media and biographical information as part of your application
That being said, the administration has approved plans to request US visa applicants to disclose their social media handles as part of revised visa applications, according to Reuters. The scope of this request could date back over the past five years for social media, and last 15 years for biographical information, such as email addresses, phone numbers, and employment history. Applicants will be asked to disclose their social media handles or biographical information, according to a State Department official, when “more rigorous national security security vetting” is needed, which they expect to be about 0.5% of the application pool. While applicants may refuse to provide the aforementioned information, this refusal may result rejection of their visa application.
Critics say this approach will result in additional processing time and a waste of resources
Critics of this new plan may result additional processing time for individual application and the efficiency of this plan. They believe that applicants can easily leave out social media accounts that don’t favor their application. As a result, the USCIS will have to allocate additional resources to screen this already overwhelming application pool.
Click here to view the complete questionnaire. https://tr.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/2017/05/DS-5535-Supplemental-Questions-for-Visa-Applicants.pdf