The State Department has asked for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of a plan to ask nearly all visa applicants for additional social media and personal information. The plan is part of the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” program and follows a move last spring to ask similar questions of a subset of applicants.
BAL Analysis: If the proposal is approved, visa applicants should prepare to provide additional information. The additional screening requirements could result in increased administrative processing delays for applicants and may exacerbate interview appointment backlogs since the requirements may lead to longer interviews. BAL is continuing to monitor the progress of the proposal and will provide updates as additional information becomes available.
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