Social Media become very important session for US visa applicants. The president of the United State has approved a plan to ask Visa applicants for details of their social media use.
This also allows authorities to request the email address, phone numbers, 15 years of biological information, additional information about family members and a longer history of past travel, employment, and secondary contact information.
State Department official said, ” This can be requested when more rigorous national security vetting needed.”
According to the report, the state department express that about 0.5% of visa applicants receives the questionnaire.
Meanwhile, The White House asked US Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate its temporary ban on travelers from six months and to lift another US-wide injunction issued by a federal judge based in Hawaii.
Justice Department Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said, ” The White House believes the order is lawful, despite charges that it targets Muslims in breach of US freedoms. The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism.”
Critics have argued that checks could lead to extended, fruitless lines of inquiries and collect the personal information is not relevant to the security checks. The information is mandatory to the applicants through the questionnaire and those applicants who do not provide the information as requested may be denied a US Visa.
This plan was put forward by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This came into force for same visa waiver travelers in December 2016 but not for all.
This special questionnaire is applied specially for the visa applicants who are not using visa waiver program.