Trump administration approves social media checks

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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