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U.S. Department Of State Issues New Supplemental Visa Form asking about Social Media Usage

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released a new supplemental visa application (Form DS-5355) for certain individuals who may seem to pose heightened security concerns for U.S. consulates. The government estimates the new procedure may affect 65,000 people or 0.5% of U.S. visa applicants worldwide.

The supplemental questionnaire includes questions about addresses, employment and travel history, as well as a list of e-mail addresses and social media handles used for the past 5 (five) years.

Specifically, the form asks visa applicants the following information:

  • Travel history during the last 15 years (including source of travel funds);

  • Passport numbers and country of issuance for all passports ever held by the applicant;

  • Names and dates of birth of all children, siblings and current and former spouses;

  • Social media platforms and identifiers (or handles) used during the last 5 years;

  • Phone numbers and email addresses used during the last 5 years; and

  • Address and employment history for the last 15 years.

Although completing the form is voluntary, failure to answer may complicate the application process, and even have the application denied.

Click here to review the form.

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