If you're planning to visit the US anytime soon, you might want to consider curating your IG feed first! Adding another layer of security to its visa granting process, the United States has begun requiring applicants to submit details of their social media accounts. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, among many others.
Philippine news site Rappler, who accessed the U.S. embassy's visa application page, reports that after acquiring personal information, the portal now asks:
"Do you have a social media presence? Select from the list below each social media platform you have used within the last 5 years. In the space next to the platform's name, enter the username or handle you have used on that platform. Please do not provide your passwords. If you have used more than one platform or more than one username or handle on a single platform, click the 'Add Another' button to list each one separately. If you have not used any of the listed social media platforms in the last 5 years, select 'None.'"
The US State Department said, "National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening."
The social media requirements were initially proposed back in March 2018, and have now been added to both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms. Meanwhile, applicants for diplomatic and official visas are not affected by the new rule.