US To Require Visa Applicants To Provide Social Media History

The measure, which would apply to an estimated 65,000 people per year, would require applicants to provide five years' worth of all social media accounts and handles, email addresses and phone numbers.

US To Require Visa Applicants To Provide Social Media HistoryIn line with the so-called “extreme vetting” urged by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Department of State is proposing tougher scrutiny of visa applicants’ private affairs, including questioning applicants about their social media accounts.

The stepped-up measures, which the department claims will be adopted “in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities,” will kick into effect beginning on May 18, but will be subject to public comment by the Office of Management of Budget.

The measure, which would apply to an estimated 65,000 people per year, would require applicants to provide five years’ worth of all social media accounts and handles, email addresses and phone numbers, along with about 15 years of biographical information about work and travel history.

Failure to provide these details would likely endanger applicants’ ability to enter the United States.

The stringent criteria will apply to those “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities,” the State Department said in a notice to the Federal Register.

Visa applicants had previously only been asked to provide details of the last five years, rather than fifteen, of their travel and work history.

Immigration officials had previously screened the social media accounts of selected visitors at border checkpoints, but visa applicants had been exempt from such examinations.

Passwords for email and social media accounts, however, will not be required, according to the State Department document.

This exemption from the new vetting regime allows the department to skirt the criticisms of privacy advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Committee to Protect Journalists, organizations which have criticized Department of Homeland Security measures that forced visitors to provide passwords to social accounts, as well as mobile phone contacts.

The DHS, which was also tasked with reviewing vetting procedures for visa applicants, said the State Department request does not preclude DHS from identifying new “ways to protect the American people.”

“Some improvement will be classified, others will be public, but the Department has only just begun ways to enhance the security of our immigration system,” DHS spokesman David Lapan said.

The Trump administration has loudly warned of the supposed “dangers” posed by immigrants and foreign visitors, but many critics see the ostensible “national security” concerns as veiled racist scaremongering and xenophobic scapegoating.

Sourcetelesurtv

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

What’s the significance of having a central bank within a country and why should you concern yourself, your family and colleagues? Central banks are illegally...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

In Historic Decision, Canada Declares Internet Access a Fundamental Right for All

In what is being described as a "historic" decision that will have a significant impact, particularly on the lives of those living in rural...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

How the Rothschild’s Use America to Dodge Billions in Taxes

Back in September 2012 we first presented “the world’s biggest hedge fund nobody had ever heard of”: a small, previously unknown company called Braeburn...

Matt Damon, One Of The Greatest Speeches Ever!

Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn's speech "The Problem is Civil Obedience" (November 1970) Matt Damon, a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn and his family,...

10 CANCER-CAUSING FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT IN YOUR MOUTH AGAIN

While no one goes around trying to consume things that will make them ill, the truth of the matter is, there are many unnatural...

Sensory Deprivation Tanks

What is Sensory deprivation Therapy, Sensory deprivation Health Benefits, Definition Sensory deprivation, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), is a technique by which sensory input...

Scientists Discovered A Way For The Heart To Heal Itself After A Heart Attack!

Hope for heart failure patients as 'pioneering' treatment helps the organ to heal ITSELF There is some wonderful news for all of the people who...