U.S. Embassies: New Vetting of Visa Applicants

Supplemental Questionnaire Asks About Social Media History

New additions to vetting procedures include asking for social media handles.  The supplemental questionnaire now includes a section that asks the applicant to provide the user name for any websites that the applicant has used to create or share content.  This includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms.  These additions claim to the questionnaire are an effort to prevent national security threats from entering the country.

The questionnaire was a result of President Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of visa applicants.  Although the heightened procedures will remain in effect through November, these procedures may become permanent.  While responding to the questionnaire is voluntary, not responding may delay processing of the application.

A snapshot of the new questionnaire requirements

 

Consequently, not all applicants will have to respond to the additional questions.  Those the U.S. determines require more stringent evaluation may be subject to more in depth questioning.  Furthermore, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, and 15 years of biographical information.  For example, prior addresses, employment history, and travel history may be relevant inquiries when vetting visa applicants,

If you are interested in applying for a visa we recommend that you contact an experienced attorney.  Likewise, the visa application process can be challenging and the attorneys at Boyer Law Firm can ease the burden of the process.   If you have a question or concern about visa or other immigration matters, please contact us.

Crackdown on Illegal Migrants in Border Districts

 

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