The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has requested the Office of Management and Budget to approve a revision of the visa application forms, adding several new questions. A visa applicant to list all of the social media platforms he or she used during the preceding five years. DOS said it will collect this information from visa applicants for “identity resolution and vetting purposes based on statutory visa eligibility standards.”  DOS seeks to amend both the nonimmigrant visa application and the immigrant visa application.

DOS will also require applicants to provide all telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel for the preceding five years and information about family members who might have been involved in terrorist activities. Additionally, the immigrant visa application will ask for a list of all prior immigration violations and the nonimmigrant visa application will ask whether the applicant has been deported or removed from any country.

The Department is accepting comments from the public until May 29, 2018.

If you would like to discuss these new requirements or any immigration issue, contact one of the immigration attorneys at Deutsch, Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm.