Visa Applications Will Now Include Checks on Social Media Accounts

The Trump administration has set forth new provisions for the “extreme vetting” of visa applicants by requesting five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses, and phone numbers on visa applications. The questions are voluntary and not required for admission into the United States. However, omitting such information could lead to delays or even prevent the processing of applications. In addition, 15 years of biographical information such as addresses, employment and travel history is requested.