Will My Social Media Accounts Impact My Immigration Benefits?

At Salas Law, our team of seasoned lawyers is committed to serving immigrants throughout the state of Texas. Over the last few months, our legal team has received numerous calls from clients asking us if they will need to submit their social media information when they apply for a visa.  

Under new guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), foreign travelers coming to the United States will now be required to list their social media profiles on their visa applications. Notice of the new requirement was published in the Federal Register. So if you plan to apply for a visa in the future, you will be expected to list all of your social media profiles for the last five years.

DHS is requesting information for the following social media platforms on visa applications:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Linkedin
  • Reddit
  • Myspace
  • Ask.fm
  • Pinterest
  • QZone
  • Vine
  • Flickr
  • Tumbler

The social media requirement was added to the immigration process as part of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” policy that was announced in 2018. According to DHS, the agency will use the social media information applicants provide to determine if they are a “law enforcement or national security risk to the United States." The new policy is expected to impact at least 15 million visa applicants each year.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Legal Advocates

Our attorneys at Salas Law know that the immigration process is already difficult as it is, which is why we understand if you are feeling frustrated by this new social media requirement. If you want to make sure your visa application isn’t held up by errors or missing information, then you need to get in touch with our legal team to get assistance from a skilled immigration lawyer. We can guide you through each step of the process to make sure your best interests are protected.

Give us a call today at (512) 253-4202 to book your appointment with a member of our law firm.

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