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DOS proposes revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 21, 2020

    DOS is proposing revisions to Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, which collects information from certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants worldwide "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism, national security-related, or other visa ineligibilities." While the Department previously required applicants completing the DS-5535 to provide their social media platforms and identifiers, also known as social media handles, used during the last five years, and phone numbers and email addresses used during the last five years, the form will no longer include those fields as they will now be incorporated into the DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. [ID #1124]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    February 5, 2021

    Under the Biden administration, on February 5, 2021, the DOS provided an additional 30-day comment period for the public to submit comments on proposed changes to Form DS-5535.

    DOS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Form DS-5535
Status: Proposed
Agencies Affected: Bureau of Consular Affairs

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Subsequent Action

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