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Sharing Facebook ID mandatory for US VISA: Everything you need to know

The US government revamps its immigration process as applicants will now have to share additional information like social media, email IDs and phone number from the past five years of the application date.

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New Delhi Published on: June 03, 2019 18:52 IST
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Sharing Facebook ID mandatory for US VISA: Everything you need to know

In case you plan on travelling to the US you might have to recheck the very idea of going there as the US government has revamped its immigration process and will need more personal information about you than before. Applicants planning to travel will now have to share additional information about their social media accounts along with email IDs and phone number from five years of the application date.

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This new regulation will come into effect soon as the US government has planned to enhance the screening process of the immigration process. This comes with an aim to increase the security of the US citizens and help the government with background checks. 

Till now, the immigration authorities only required some personal data limited to financial stability, employment details and others, but now the new regulations will require the users to share more information regarding social media accounts, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Other than digital data, users will be required to submit phone numbers and email addresses record of the past five years.

With this, the government will carry out some background checks to identify any security threat to the US. Initially, this was required only for applicants that were affected by terrorism, but now it is mandatory for all.

Will this affect the existing US visa holders?

Well, people who already have the US visa won't have to do the same, but in the case of visa renewals, the applicants will be required to follow the new rules.

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