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US Visa Applications Alert: Social Media Checks on Applicants a Requirement

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This new directive means that all who apply for visas to the US will be adequately screened via their  Social Media accounts. Full disclosures on social media are now part of revised visa applications to the America.

Reported by Reuters earlier today says that this decision from the U.S. government’s Office of Management and Budget was made over strenuous objections from education and academic groups during a public comment period.

Applicants will be required to fill a questionnaire and also to provide social media handles dating back over the last five years and biographical information dating back 15 years.

This new questionnaire is perceived by critics as an obstacle that the US government is putting in the path of potential immigrants, would-be students and qualified researchers and teachers that may otherwise want to come to the United States.

Check out the new visa questionnaire here.

In a statement made by an undisclosed member of the US Immigration Services it stated that

“such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.”

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Source: Tech Crunch

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