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U.S Demands Social Media Handles from Visa Applicants

BellaNaija.com

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U.S. President Donald Trump

The U.S State Department has announced that applicants for U.S visas will have to submit their social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers as part of the application process.

BBC reports that the proposal would affect about 14.7 million people annually.

Some diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the new rules.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” the department reportedly said.

Gulf News reports that the U.S Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed the news. It quoted the embassy as saying:

This update — which we initially announced last year in the Federal Register — is a result of the President’s March 6, 2017, Memorandum on Implementing Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and other Immigration Benefits and Section 5 of Executive Order 13780 regarding implementing uniform screening and vetting standards for visa applications.

We already request certain contact information, travel history, family member information and previous addresses from all visa applicants. Collecting this additional information from visa applicants will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.

In that past, only people who needed additional scrutiny are requested to submit their social media names.

Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

5 Comments

  1. Sammy

    June 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Wow!! That will be nice

  2. David Anozie

    June 3, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Is a good idea.

    • Shitface

      June 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Why? Why is infringing on someone’s privacy a good idea? I don’t want to give that much information away. What if I don’t have any social media? What if I force you to give me your debit card information?

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  3. Ganny Ogunshakin

    June 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    This is super duper crazy. Who has the capacity to remember five years worth of email addresses? The world is surely comming to an end. Big brother in action. watch out.

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  4. Visa Application Req

    June 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    How about if you don’t remember all your accounts in the past five years and you only remember those current accounts you are using is that fine?

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