US wants social media history for visa applications

US wants social media history for visa applications

US wants social media history for visa applications

Written by Keshala Dias

31 Mar, 2018 | 9:28 am

The Trump administration has said it wants to start collecting the social media history of nearly everyone seeking a visa to enter the US.

The proposal, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list all social media identities they have used in the past five years.

Applicants would also be asked for five years of their telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history. They would be required to say if they had ever been deported from a country, or if any relatives had been involved in terrorist activity.

However, the above will not affect citizens from countries which the US grants visa-free travel status.


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