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

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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.

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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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social media, come on...
by l3v1 on Fri 23rd Jun 2017 13:08 UTC
l3v1
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2005-07-06

While I can understand why people don't like the social media part of this, but there are much bigger issues, e.g., "15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history"... I work in research for 10+ years, I've traveled to very many conferences, project meetings, lots of work-related travels plus all the vacations... I'd need days to gather all the info, and I'm not even sure I could get it all ;) Thankfully I don't need a visa, but lots of people do. Oh, and IIRC you also need to provide the details of all your previous passports from all countries where you had one, which could also be a problem. Never mind 15 years of employment history ;) I wonder how many extra pages one could attach to this thing ;)

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RE: social media, come on...
by shotsman on Sat 24th Jun 2017 05:44 in reply to "social media, come on..."
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

The travel history thing would be fun. I've visited 92 countries including places like East Germany in 1972. I've even gone to the US done a bit of teaching and then flown to Russia and done some more. Oh, that won't matter as DT and PT are best pals aren't they.
Some of the trips I would not be able to even mention because of laws in other countries especially how I got from [redacted] to [redacted] in [redacted].
See how silly it is?
But the enforcement of silly rules to the Nth degree is something that the US prides itself in. For example, getting fined for putting out your trash at 23:30 rather than at 00:01.

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