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State Department will now require all visa applicants to provide social media accounts as Trump's 'extreme vetting' process finally takes effect

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  • New policy has taken effect after approval of revised visa application forms
  • Visa applicants must provide social media, email addresses and phone numbers 
  • Change is expected to affect about 15 million who apply for US visas annually
  • Trump has been calling for 'extreme vetting' measures for the past two years 

The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. 

It's a vast expansion of the Trump administration's enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors, which President Donald Trump has referred to for years as 'extreme vetting'.

In a move that's just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including 'social media identifiers,' from almost all applicants.

The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the United States each year

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7094161/US-seeking-social-media-details-visa-applicants.html

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