Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Social media details now required for some US visa applications

Select US visa applicants may have to hand over their social media details as part of a new questionnaire authorised by the Trump administration.

This questionnaire was approved by the Office of Management and Budget on 23 May according to Reuters.

Applicants who are selected to fill in their social media details will be required to hand over their social media handles as well as identify which platform the handle belongs to. Information from the last five years will be required.

Related: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

According to reports, the social media questions are voluntary, however, the questionnaire states that failure to answer them may see visa issuance delayed or halted altogether.

Along with five years worth of social media handles, consular officials are also able to request prior passport numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years-worth of biographical information. This includes travel history, addresses, and employment history.

A State Department official told Reuters, officials will request additional information when they determine “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.”

As Reuters reports, critics of this new questionnaire argue the system would be ‘overly burdensome’ and would lead to longer delays in processing visas.

Critics also argue the measures would discourage scientists and students from moving to the United States.

How do you feel about the US government’s social media requirements? Let us know in the comments.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words