Washington: Check the social networking accounts of visa applicants[/ltr]
[ltr][rtl]Release date: 2018/3/30 16:18[/rtl] • [rtl]384 times read[/rtl][/ltr]
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The State Department plans to collect information on social networking accounts for most of those wishing to enter the United States as part of President Donald Trump's "tight scrutiny" policy, the State Department said Friday.
The proposals showed that most of the 14.7 million or more non-immigrant visa applicants will be required to include the accounts they have used on social networking sites over the past five years on the visa application form.
The State Department will publish the proposals in a memorandum in the Federal Register on Friday for the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, and comments on the proposals will be available to the general public for 60 days.
The proposals support Trump's promise during his campaign in 2016 to tackle illegal immigration for security reasons and call for a "rigorous scrutiny" of foreigners entering the United States.
The ministry said it did not plan to ask most visa applicants from diplomats and officials about their social networking accounts information periodically.
If the proposals are approved, applicants will need to provide their telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and the date of their outbound flights in the past five years.
The ministry said they would also be asked whether they were deported or expelled from any country or if any of their family members were involved in terrorist activities.