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Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Applicants Must Now Disclose Social Media Platform Information

Updated on 6/7/2019

Forms DS-160 and DS-260 now require an individual’s Social Media Platform information. These forms are the standard U.S. nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application forms used by foreign nationals applying for a visa through a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. Additionally, ESTA (Visa Waiver Program (VWP) forms have now been updated to request disclosure of social media presence as well. All forms now request individuals to provide the username or handle of each social media account used within the last five years, but not the passwords to the accounts. Foreign nationals concerned about privacy should set their accounts to private and be aware of their public profile presence when applying for a U.S. visa.

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