State Department Just Made BIG Announcement- Some HUGE Changes Are Coming Really Soon To THIS Program


As of May 25, 2017, the Trump administration implemented a policy change that calls for government officials to request all social media profiles and handles used for the last five years from people applying for a U.S. visa.

In addition to social media accounts requested from flagged applicants, the State Department will continue to request phone numbers and email addresses used during the last five years, address and employment history during the last 15 years, and names and dates of birth for all children, current and former spouses or partners, and siblings, along with all former and current passport numbers and country of issuance. Previous policy only required information to go back five years.

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The State Department said that the social media additions to the questionnaire were in accordance with President Trump’s March 6 Memorandum on enhancing the screening and vetting of applicants for visas.

According to the State Department, the new rule applies to visa applicants “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism and national security-related visa ineligibilities.”  That means that according to the State Department this new policy will affect roughly  65,000 applicants per year or 0.5%. This change is a part of President Trump’s calls for “extreme vetting” of people looking to come to the U.S.

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President Trump has called on both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to enhance the screening and vetting process for visa applicants in March.  Many refugees or first generation immigrants from predominately Muslim parts of the world are radicalized online and through social media.

In an interview on Monday with Fox News, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz stated that he and any others “begged” the Obama regime to examine social media accounts of people applying for a visa, as well as a more thorough vetting process.  Social media can quickly and inexpensively reveal support for terrorist action or other characteristics that might lead to a necessary denial of a US visa.  Those pleas fell on deaf ears until the Trump administration began implementing these new policies.

Source- AFF 

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