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U.S. now requiring visa applicants to list social media names

‘A Critical Step Forward’: Trump Admin to Implement New Policy for U.S. Visa Applicants

A State Department spokesperson has told the media that applicants who are caught lying about their social media could face "serious immigration consequences".

The new forms require social media usernames, phone numbers, and emails the applicant shave used for over the past five years alongside their global travel and deportation status.

The Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) form now comes with a new section for Social Media.

Oh, cool - the United States is now asking nearly all visa applicants to provide details of their social media on their applications.

If you don't already have a USA visa in your passport, you're now going to have to share your social media details with the USA government when you do so.

"The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the United States each year", AP reported.

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

Earlier, this strict scrutinising was only restricted to people who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorist groups.

This is any name used by an individual on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The US had carried out this process in the past, but this affects about 65,000 people per year. "This will be a vital tool to screen out terrorists, public safety threats, and other unsafe individuals from gaining immigration benefits and setting foot on USA soil".

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump is not done with illegal immigrants as he threatens their stay even further.

"There is a real risk that social media vetting will unfairly target immigrants and travelers from Muslim-majority countries for discriminatory visa denials, without doing anything to protect national security", Shamsi wrote at the time.