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

  1. Date Announced

    March 30, 2018

    DOS requests public comment on a revision of a currently existing 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]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
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  3. Subsequent Action

    May 31, 2019

    These changes went into effect on May 31, 2019.

    Collection of Social Media Identifiers from U.S. Visa Applicants
  4. Subsequent Action

    December 5, 2019

    A pair of documentary film organizations sued the Trump administration over its requirement that foreigners disclose their social media accounts. Motion to dismiss pending in D.C. District Court as of 10/21/20 in Doc Society et al v. Pompeo (D.D.C.), Case No. 1:19-cv-03632.

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

    Doc Society, International Documentary Association v. Pompeo and Wolf Complaint
  5. Biden Administration Action

    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.**

    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)

Commentary

New York Times: U.S. Requiring Social Media Information From Visa Applicants

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