Visa applicants for US may now be required to disclose their social media accounts, email addresses and phone numbers for the last five years and biographical information for the span of 15 years as approved by the Trump administration.
In connection the this, the US Office of Management and Budget approved a new questionnaire for visa application as part of the tighten security measures for vetting visa application in the States, this new questions was approved on May 23rd despite strong criticism from various education officials and academic groups during its public consultation.
But the new questions are described as voluntary and is only required in certain applicants with needs rigorous examination and scrutiny to very their identities. This would automatically applies to applicants from ISIS controlled territories or for those who have visited the regions previously.
While the new questions are deemed voluntary, failure to disclose certain information such as those on public servers and other social media sites may result into being denied of entry or long processing delays in which the opposing academic groups fears that the procedure would result into confusions that may discourage international students and scientists from coming to the US.
So if you plan to get a US Visa for whatever purpose you may have, either for study, migration or for work, maybe it’s time to think twice before posting anything on your social media accounts as one post might just ruin that American Dream of yours.