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Social Media Scrutiny on Visa Applications


Do not overlook employment and residential information.

The Department of State added new questions to Forms DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. These questions instruct the foreign national to divulge social media platforms that they have used in the last five years, and to provide the username(s) for each platform. The other questions ask for the visa applicant’s current email and telephone number, as well as contact information for the previous five years. If these questions are answered with “unknown” the applicants should be prepared for the possibility of additional screening during the visa process. This white paper reviews why these questions must be answered as completely as possible and what may happen if the answers are not provided.



Sara B. DeBlaze

Sara B. DeBlaze

Vedder Price P.C.

  • Shareholder in the Chicago office of Vedder Price P.C., an AmLaw 200 Firm
  • Chair of Vedder Price’s Business Immigration Practice Group
  • Broad range of experience developing and executing global immigration policy, process and strategy
  • Has worked extensively with every facet of both nonimmigrant (B-1, E-1/E-2, F-1, H-1B, J-1, L-1, O-1 and TN) and immigrant (family-based, EB-1, labor certification and naturalization) matters as well as the permanent residency process
  • Formerly assistant general counsel and global immigration director to a multinational corporation, where she oversaw the global immigration program for over 1,200 foreign nationals throughout the world
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 United States guide in the labor and employment - immigration category
Jonathan Maude

Jonathan Maude

Vedder Price P.C.

  • Partner in the London office of Vedder Price P.C., an AmLaw 200 Firm
  • Spearheads Vedder Price’s international employment practice as Chair of the UK/EU Employment Group
  • Regularly advises across the full spectrum of employment law–related issues in the contentious and noncontentious spheres with a particular emphasis on advising corporate clients on complex strategic human resource related matters
  • Firm lead handling General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 United Kingdom guide in the Human Resources - Employment - Employers category
  • Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Chambers UK guide for Employment Law
  • Frequently authors articles and speaks at conferences and seminars about recent developments in UK employment and immigration laws
Ryan M. Helgeson

Ryan M. Helgeson

Vedder Price P.C.

  • Associate in the Chicago office of Vedder Price P.C., an AmLaw 200 Firm
  • Member of the firm’s Business Immigration Practice Group
  • Counsels clients on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including E, H, L, O, P, R and TN visas, permanent residency and naturalization
  • Performs internal I-9 audits and has experience representing employers in their dealings with ICE audits
  • Written articles about recent developments in US immigration laws

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