US Visa (K1, CR1, B2, all) Requires Social Media Disclosure

US Visa (K1, CR1, B2, all) Requires Social Media Disclosure


To days Topic is: US immigration now requires
Social Media Details from All Visa Applicants US immigration has just implemented another
hurdle for prospective immigrants and visitors to the USA to jump. This is in line with
the 2017 executive orders issued by President Trump to institute extreme vetting
to vigorously screen visa applicants. Effective May 31, 2019, the state departments
applications used for non-immigrant visas, the DS 160, and used
for immigrant visas the DS 260, have been modified to require that all applicants
reveal the social media accounts that they use. It is important that you know about and understand
these changes and how to deal with them because now more than
ever, there are more ways to trip yourself up during the application
process, that might lead to denial. So in this video I will talk about what is
going on, what social media sites so far are identified in this process,
and what additional and higher hurdles that will probably Added
in the future. Please watch to the end of the video, because
towards the end, I will teach you how to best deal with this
new requirement. I am Fred Wahl the VisaCoach and I help you
smoothly get through a confusing and frustrating Immigration
process so you can have a happy life together in the USA
with your foreign partner. Now, lets talk about how US immigration now
requires Social Media Details from All Visa Applicants Soon after his inauguration, President Trump
issued executive orders tightening how US immigration treats its foreign
clients. Executive orders were issued to ban applicants
from so-called terrorist countries, and US immigration was ordered
to conduct “extreme vetting” on all cases. A year after the initial executive order,
it was announced that public social media accounts would start being mined
for information on applicants. Soon after that announcement about data mining
was made, a few of my fiancé and spouse visa applicants, especially
those from northern Africa, were, after a positive visa
interview at the consulate, were told their cases were on Administrative
Processing, pending a review of their social media, communications
and travel histories. The fiance or spouse, disappointed to be put
on hold, was given additional forms to take away and fill-in. These required the
applicant to reveal information about his or her social media use,
cell phone numbers, travel history and so on. Many months after submission of this information
they finally got their visas. Apparently now the data miners have ave finished
developing their system to review and vet the information and are
ready to roll it out for ALL visa applicants, not only from a select
few. The Department of State forms now include
drop-down menus that ask you to identify if you’ve used
the following social media platforms and if so, to provide
usernames Ask.fm, Douban, Facebook, Flicker, Google+,
Instagram, Linkedin, Myspace,Pinterest, Qzone (QQ), Reddit, Sina
Weibo, Tencent Weibo, Tumblr, Twitter, Twoo, Vine, Vkontakte(VK),
Youku, Youtube Expect that the list is a work in progress
and will be expanded later. So far your password is not requested. However asking for passwords
has been proposed, and might be required in the future. The official purpose of this social media
scrutiny is to weed out terrorists. Social media has been viewed as a major
forum for terrorist sentiment, recruitment and activity, and this sentiment
connectivity is often apparent via social postings. Common belief, is that if this system had
been in place, that the 2015 terrorist event resulting in the
death of 14 and wounding of 22 at a San Bernadino, California office
holiday party by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik would have
been prevented. Tashfeen Malik had been granted a K1 fiance
visa to enter the USA, and on review of her social media presence
experts believe that the warning signs were all plainly visible, if
only the consular officials had looked for them. I certainly don’t believe that you or any
of my clients could be a potential terrorist. But you still should be aware that the data
mining of your social media presence will also affect non-terrorists. I expect that the data miners will be also
looking for any signs of inconsistency between the story told in
applying for the visa compared to the approved purpose of the visa. For example a person who is planning to come
on a visitor visa who mentions on social media his or her plans
to work in the USA while visiting, or reveals the goal of never returning
to home country. Or a sponsor of a spouse visa whose postings
showing his current social life does not reflect that
of a married person. Or the applicant for a green card who’s
postings show involvement in criminal activity. US immigration will be on the look out for
whatever they can find. You don’t have to fall in to the above black
and white categories to run into trouble. Remember a consular officer is better
off to deny an honest couple than to approve a fraudulent couple. Approval of a fraudulent case will hurt his
reputation. Denial of an
honest case, won’t effect his reputation and while the honest couple
is inconvenienced, they can always reapply and eventually get their visa. What higher hurdles are next? At the moment they’re just asking what social
media platforms you use and what name you use while on it. This information allows them
to view the same information that is available to the public. Proposals for the future are to require to
reveal all cell phone numbers you’ve used, and all email addresses. Eventually you might be
required to provide passwords to all your accounts. Once that happens
not only your public presence would be inspected but your private
as well. Another troubling proposal that has been tabled
will require all applicants for visas, and even foreign travelers at US
ports of entry to turn over their cell phones and laptops for immediate
and direct inspection of their communication and posting history. Imagine how slow the lines at the airport
will move. What can you do to protect yourself? 1. Make an inventory of the social media accounts
you use and prepare an accurate list to provide to immigration
when asked. 2. Bring each account up-to-date with your current
situation so that is consistent with the immigration benefit you are applying
for. For example: If you’re applying for a fiancée or spouse
visa, update your relationship status, post engagement
or wedding announcements, forecast your plans for honeymoon and a happy
life together in the USA. If applying for a visitor or student visa
post your interests for what you will see and do in the USA. Make sure all postings are consistent with
what you are allowed to do based upon the visa you hope to get. 3. Clean house. If previously you posted items that could
be found objectionable or controversial or paints you
in a different light then you want to be seen today, take them down. This was Fred Wahl, The VisaCoach If you haven’t done so already please subscribe
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40 thoughts on “US Visa (K1, CR1, B2, all) Requires Social Media Disclosure”

  • Will my case be seen in a more negative light if I use little to no social media sites? Me and my fiance keep our social media usage very minimal, and it would be awful to be penalized for not being apart of these sites.

  • What if we don’t communicate with each other through the social media? If we only use Viber to talk only, this could be problem in future? Please answer my question

  • Thanks for the Visa requirements update, I I'd share your videos with my fiance so that he can be up to date and to get in touch with you. Me and my fiance are both private individuals, he has a Facebook account but has not been active for the past 5 or 7yrs, we don't like being in public and thus i dont post things related to our private and personal life on my Facebook page. We spend lots of our time chatting on our WhatsApp page. Please would this have a negative effect on our Visa application since we are getting married in a few months time? Can you please suggest the best approach to take for us in this instance. Thank you

  • Princess Secillie says:

    Hi sir thank you for this video as always 🙂
    I'm more than happy to show them our social media history. My question, is this going to take effect for new applicants or it also affects previous applicants? We applied since last year. Thank you!

  • salman haidery says:

    What if the passports and medical is at the US embassy since June 2018 after the interview as the vis officer asked to provide social media and other details as you have already mentioned. However, it is still in administrative processing. Can you please guide me that how much time this will take further?

  • How are they going to request passwords too? Isn’t that invading people’s privacy? That’s absurd. Unbelievable. We have rights right Visa Coach? Also Visa Coach, is this just for the applicant or applicant and the petitioner? Thanks in advance.

  • Celyn Calzado says:

    I have Facebook and instagram but my fiancé does not use ever since.He wants a private life so we are just communicating through WhatsApp.Is that also a big problem ?

  • Hello Visa coach was wondering if anyone had any problems uploading their documents to nvc, I'm unable to login it says application error, anyone else encountered that ?

  • Nina Lundberg says:

    My husband and me have totally locked FB profiles and don’t like to share ANYTHING from our private lives.

  • Good evening, thanks for your valuable information.
    My question is if a fiancé comes in on a 90 day fiancé visa . Can they return home and comes back to the US during that 90 day window , if in that second trip they marry.

  • I was refused B2 and f1 visas 2014 and 2015. On my f1 visa i used my uncle name as my father. Reason he was the sponsored. Now i'm going for cr1 interview next month, it this a red flag for me? Do i have to tell them before the interview or when they ask? Although we have a child together.

  • Hi, I have a question, on the ds160 form, if we didn't list all email accounts but we did on the ds5535 form, is this ok? Or will there be a problem?

  • Flordeliza Cayetano says:

    My fiance is not using facebook, and I never expose my personal our relationship in social media because we want our life keep private between just 2 of us. How this new rules affect on us in the near feature?

  • Robert Gilliland says:

    My wife and I don't have our original Facebook Messenger accounts. We do have public Facebook and Instagram and we have posted and uploaded pictures from the last 5 trips I took starting in January 2017. My petition was approved and we have submitted all the documents to NVC for review. I said an affidavit with my original petition and included our Facebook profile pages and our Instagram account for viewing as extra proof of marriage. However it was not a requirement at that time. Is this going to cause me delay?

  • Robert Gilliland says:

    Yeah because it so uneasy just reapply no big deal as everybody has thousands dollars sitting around who cares if you have to live in 2 separate countries even longer even though you have been married over 2 years now.

  • My fiance had her interview on June 13 and was denied under 221g … They interviewed both of us and the consular officer said that we were not a real couple… We are in a real relationship and this is devastating….

  • Resalyn Santillan says:

    I had my interview and I was approved but it's been 1 month now still my visa is Administrative Processing

  • Wendy Randolph says:

    Thank you very much for the helpful information visa coach. My question is, what is you're still on administrative processing How is it gonna affect you?

  • Hii sir it's been 17 months I didn't hear anything about my case they just transfer my Husband case but didn't approve yet I'm so upset about it thank you

  • Ma Lourdes Cruz-Cuadra says:

    Hi sir,i have problem to contact you,im here in Philippines ,how can i contact you in easy way,any contact number?

  • Diljit Sandhu says:

    On cr1 visa nvc accepted our documents n they said they will work on bombay embassy for ur interview date ,, but 40 days gone still not get any email or letter from nvc for interviw , how much tim will take nvc for interview

  • Archange Michel Kasongo says:

    Hello Mr Fred
    I just receive letter from nvc that my IV case becoming documentarily qualified. then nvc says that they are working with the embassy to schedule an interview appointment for me.
    I have problem to read visa bulletin wich my priority date is 03.july.2018 .
    thanks for help. all your videos are always helpful from my first IV stap up to now

  • We start the process at November 2018 my wife 3 days ago she just receive new pepper they ask her to send pictures of me and they make sure if everything we send was right help me coach if we are in new step in the process or no

  • Hello sir, I got married with my wife who’s American citizen in Nigeria, on April 26th 2019 we met on Facebook and now my Facebook have been disabled, blocked and she’s about to file for my coming because she wants us together, but the age gap is more, she have been to Nigeria twice, please will that be a problem for me ? What should I do and what should she do for us to be together?

  • varinder kumar kumar says:

    hello Sir. if we see more updation in our visa case that is under Administration process , is this mean that are working on our case???

  • My girl friend is a christian in usa but i am Muslim in Bangladesh. We are different religions. Can i get k1 visa?.???? please tell me between two different religions for the k1 visa?????

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