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Us-passport-205x300This week the U.S. Department of State initiated new procedures to permit screening of social media and email accounts of applicants for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad. The enhanced security screening was initially applied to applicants who were security risks.  Now it applies to all applicants for admission to the United States through the U.S. consulates.

Revised forms from the National Visa Center (NVC) will ask applicants to list all social media and email accounts used during the last five years.  Consulate officers should not ask for passwords and the applicant is not required to turn over passwords.