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US Visa Requirements now Include Social Media

At the end of May, visa applicants to the United States were given an additional requirement to complete their background checks.  Applicants must now submit links and information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years.  Such account information would give the government access to photos, locations, dates of birth, dates of milestones and other personal data commonly shared on social media.  The screening process had already included travel history, family member information and previous addresses held. The new requirement of the US State Department is related to the March 2017 request of President Donald Trump to institute QUOTE “a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures,” UNQUOTE.