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DOS adds social media questions to Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 30, 2018

    DOS requests public comment on revisions to a current information collection to include questions on the Form DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, regarding the social media identifiers used by applicants for various social media platforms during the five years preceding the date of application. Other questions seek five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel; all prior immigration violations; and whether specified family members have been involved in terrorist activities. [ID #876]

    Federal Register: 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
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  3. Biden Administration Action: Approved/Retained

    May 28, 2021

    2021.05.28 Defendants' Status Report, Doc Society et al. v. Blinken et al., No. 19-cv-3632 (TJK) (D.D.C. May 28, 2021)

    In their status update to the court on May 28, 2021, the Biden administration's DOS and DHS indicated that they did not anticipate taking any action that would moot the lawsuit challenging the Trump-era rule that requires millions of visa applicants each year to register their social media handles with the U.S. government.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    September 9, 2021

    2021.09.09 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration

    This Biden administration policy considers the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On September 9, 2021, DOS posted a notice of proposed revisions to Forms 260 and 230 and provided 60 days for public comment.

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Current Status

Fully in Effect
May 28, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
September 9, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

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