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DOS Proposes Rule Requiring Review of Social Media for U.S. Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants

Posted in Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Uncategorized

The Department of State (DOS) has noticed for public comment an Information Collection Review – Electronic Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration  that would require immigrants coming to the United States to submit five years of social media history. This effort is viewed by many as a component of “enhanced vetting” on behalf of the Administration following domestic terrorist activities.

DOS stated its intention to require nearly all immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to the United States to submit five years of social media handles, as identified by the government, with the option of requesting additional information for platforms not explicitly required.

If the proposed requirements are approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), applicants would be required to list social media platforms, provide account names, and give applicants the ability to voluntarily provide additional information on social media activity not covered by the proposed rule in addition to other personal information.

For those interested in tracking the proposed rule, please use the OMB control numbers listed below.

For assistance submitting comments, please contact your Greenberg Traurig attorney.