Want a US Visa? Be Ready to Hand Over Your Social Media Passwords

According to recent developments, United States visa applications now require the applicants to fill out a questionnaire in which they will have to disclose their social media handles and biographical information.

The Trump administration approved this vetting process on 23rd May, enabling authorities to ask for the applicant’s:

  • email addresses,
  • social media details,
  • phone numbers from the past five years,
  • home addresses,
  • employment history,
  • travel history going back 15 years.

Critics have argued that this decision will result in long delays in terms of processing visa applications. It will eventually discourage international students from coming to the United States.

Officials can request the additional information if they determine “that such information is required to confirm anyone’s identity or to conduct more rigorous national security vetting,” a State Department official said on Wednesday.

The State Department also said:

Tighter vetting would apply to visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.

Since Donald Trump was elected, he has put a lot of emphasis on a stricter visa policy in a bid to improve national security. The US was the first country to have implemented the electronic devices ban for passengers flying from certain countries.

The President of the Iranian-American Bar Association also raised his voice and said:

The United States has one of the most stringent visa application processes in the world. The need for tightening the application process further is really unknown and unclear.

According to immigration lawyers and advocates, the requested details that extend 15 years back will cause trouble for visitors. They said that this policy will highlight more mistakes made by innocent people in their visas, leading to delaying or even cancelling their trips to USA altogether.

Via The Independent

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  • What if one doesn’t use social media n still want a U.S. Visa? What will he have to give?

    • libtards? are you gone 100% idiot now? liberals are not in favour of this, they’re opposed to it.

      on the other hand, conservative people are in favour of it. which are you?

      it’s almost as if you don’t even know the meaning of “liberal” at all. have you ever read it in a dictionary?

      • You love to ‘put words into people mouth’ and call people ‘idiot while ignoring the simple fact that most of the people here think that you’re the biggest idiot and hypocrite.
        I don’t even know what is a dictionary.

        Waise tumharay jaise bohat se log sirf ‘kuch khaas’ moqoun pe hi nikal kar aatay hain.


          Did you take a poll???

          HA HA HA

          Regardless of what people think of me, I have proven time and time again with facts that you are wrong in your outlook. Nothing you can say can change that. You could fix yourself, but that would mean admiting your misteaks. Won’t happen, right?

          Still waiting for you to learn meaning of liberal… before you use it again and prove yourself ignorant. Also won’t happen, right?

          • Intehai faarigh tareen admi ho tum aur tumhain jo izzat yaahan milti hai tumharay ‘main dunia main sab se alag houn’ type nature pe woh sab ko pata hai.

            Apni dictionary apne hi paas rakho.

              • So when you have nothing in your hands you started doing personal attacks.
                Bhai baray ho jao aur apne khoul se bahar aa jao. Dunia main achay log baaqi hain abhi aur meri aur tumhari oqaat unkay moqabalay main ek chionti jitni bhi nahi.

                • It is clear to anyone, including yourself, that you started the personal attacks first. But of course, you are too ashamed to let others read your disqus history.

                  Too bad.

                  I do mean what I said: your own comments says a lot about what sort of character you are, and that is why no one should follow you.

                  • Lol!
                    Bachay, apne ‘khoul’ se bahar nikal aao. Tumhari soch bohat mehdood hai jis main tumhain apne elawa sab hi ghalata lagte hain aur Profile hide krna meri marzi hai.

                    Tumharay jaise bachay se mashwara nahi chahiay mujhe k kia krna hai mujhe.

  • Misleading Article
    In the title you are mentioning that they will ask passwords
    Where the hell is that in article ?

  • Good initiative. National security should always have precedence over immigration.

  • The sad thing that people don’t realise is that we have to give up all of the above if the FIA calls us in for a cyber investigation. If we don’t, we go to jail.

    So even if you are not planning a trip to the US, you can potentially be forced give away all your details to some random PAKISTANI bureuacrat anyway.

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