U.S. visa applications now require social media details

Most U.S. visa applicants, both immigrant and non-immigrant, must now list social media identifiers or handles on new visa applications. The U.S. Department of State recently updated its visa forms to include social media handles. International travelers using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) are not required to provide social media identifiers but do have the option to share the information.  

The U.S. Department of State updated its visa application forms to require additional information – including social media identifiers used within the previous five years – for most U.S. visa applicants, both immigrant and non-immigrant. The requirement is for new visa applicants only.

International travelers using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) are not required to provide social media identifiers but do have the option to share the information.

A social media identifier or handle is any name used by a person on social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The updated visa application forms list the specific social media platforms for which identifiers are being requested.

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