Earlier this month, the State Department announced that they may begin reviewing the social media profiles, email addresses, and even the phone numbers of certain visa applicants. These new provisions fall into one of President Trump’s recent string of stricter immigration policy announcements and will impact about 65,000 applicants. The plan will go into action beginning on May 18 and will last for 180 days.
The requirements would state that any applicant who has traveled to areas with a presence of terrorist organizations would have to provide the State Department with all of the social media profiles, email addresses, and phone numbers they have used over the last five years. Though officials are asking for the handles of social media profiles, they are not requesting passwords to these profiles. The goal behind these new provisions is to increase national security from terrorist organizations.
In addition to providing the State Department with social media profiles, they will also request that you provide them with birth information and names of all of your siblings, current/former spouses, and children. You will also have to show your travel history and work history for the last 15 years, as opposed to the standard request for the last 5 years.
If you have questions about the different changes taking place in the United States immigration policy and how they may apply to you, it is important that you consult with an experienced immigration law attorney today.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.