Folks from the Caribbean and other places in the world will now need to be much more careful about their actions on social media if they want to enter the US, as our “social media identities” will soon be a pre-requisite. There are talks that the US has begun asking VISA applicants to provide information regarding their social media accounts. According to an AFP report that quoted a State Department official, these “extreme vetting” measures went into effect on the 25th of May as part of the Trump administration’s system. The official, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, further explained that the measure would be utilized for travelers thought to present a risk to the country.
In an aim to weed out extremists who might pose a threat, President Donald Trump shared in a March 6 memorandum that he vowed to tighten controls on who could enter the United States. This move is said to be a part of President Trump’s vow with the US official explaining that the consular officers being able to demand extra information from applicants, may help them to secure a “more rigorous national security vetting.”
“Such visa applicants will be asked to provide additional information, including their social media handles, prior passport numbers, additional information about family members, and a longer history of past travel, employment, and contact information,” the official shared.
Nevertheless, she added that these changes would “affect only a fraction of one percent of the more than 13 million annual visa applicants worldwide.”