SNS accounts required for a U.S. visa?

This is Stephanie of IMS.

On Friday, March 30, the U.S. government proposed requiring social media (SNS) accounts for both non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications. If the measure is approved, applicants would need to provide the past 5 years of their SNS accounts, past telephone numbers, and email addresses. Roughly 15 million people annually will be affected.

Unsurprisingly, many people — including U.S. citizens — are opposed to this new proposal, worried about privacy concerns and drops in international tourism and business. Organizations and universities across the U.S. are already experiencing these effects as travelers are avoiding the U.S. as an overseas destination.

This proposal will not affect ESTA applications, but be sure to check the U.S. Embassy‘s website for further developments, in addition to the U.S. visa application site (“US Travel Docs”).

 

Reuters, “U.S. visa applicants to be asked for social media history: State Department”

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