May 4, 2017

Trumpites to make getting some visas much harder

USA Today - The administration of Donald Trump is planning to make it a whole lot harder for some visa applicants to come visit or work in the US, with a potential requirement to let officials review five years’ worth of social media posts.

The State Department is set to begin asking for five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers, plus 15 years’ worth of work and travel history and the names and dates of birth for immediate family members.

The enhanced screening questions are a part of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration travel and would only apply to individuals who have been identified for extra security, like people who have traveled to countries and areas with known terrorist organizations.

The new protocols would apply to roughly 65,000 people per year, which accounts for about 0.5 percent of visa applicants worldwide, according to State Department estimates.

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