US visa to in­clude so­cial me­dia in­for­ma­tion

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A new en­force­ment by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in­cludes an extreme visa screen­ing process for for­eign na­tion­als, in­clud­ing those from In­dia, un­der which ap­pli­cants might be asked to share in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing their so­cial me­dia ac­counts, e-mails, and tele­phone num­bers. The State De­part­ment, which is­sues visas to for­eign na­tion­als through its diplo­matic mis­sions across the world, said that it started im­ple­ment­ing this new change from May 25, but th­ese ad­di­tional ques­tions would be asked only in extreme cir­cum­stances. The State De­part­ment took th­ese mea­sures af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der in this re­gard. “In ac­cor­dance with the mem­o­ran­dum on en­hanc­ing the screen­ing and vet­ting of ap­pli­ca­tions for visas, the De­part­ment of State has be­gun col­lect­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from visa ap­pli­cants world­wide when a con­sular of­fi­cer de­ter­mines that such in­for­ma­tion is re­quired to con­firm iden­tity or con­duct more rig­or­ous na­tional se­cu­rity vet­ting,” said Will Cocks, a State De­part­ment spokesper­son.

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