Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2017 22:46 UTC

The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years.


Under the new procedures, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years' worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.


While the new questions are voluntary, the form says failure to provide the information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.

This surely won't affect the countless incredibly smart scientists and engineers wanting to work in the US and contribute to the US economy.

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completely pointless
by mistersoft on Fri 23rd Jun 2017 11:40 UTC
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If I was going to be doing dodgy stuff online.
I'd cover my tracks and do it anonymously.

As it is, I'm not, so I don't.

Beyond my LinkedIn profile (and of course CV & work references), prospective employers and governments can either "go jump" -to be polite. Or are free to do their own digging, I'd not be handing over private (even public private) communications on their behalf.

Ridiculous state of affairs.

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