>> The Trump administration approving a tougher screening process for US visa applicants around the world that asks for social media handles for the last five years. Using a new questionnaire, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years worth of social media handles, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
And 15 years of biographical information, including addresses, employment and travel history. Some of this information is already requested of all these applicants, but for a lesser timeframe. The State Department saying the tighter vetting would apply to visa applicants quote, who have been determined to warrant additional security in connection with terrorism.
Or other national security related visa ineligibilities. But immigration lawyers say the new process is likely to hurt applicants who make innocent mistakes or do not remember all the information requested. Critics also argue the new questions will lead to long delays in processing and discourage international students and scientist from coming to the US.
The tougher questionnaire has been granted approval by the Office of Management and Budget for six months. The increased scrutiny part of President Donald Trump's plan to hike up border protections. He also tried to implement a temporary travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations that a US appeals court refused to reinstate, setting the stage for a showdown in the Supreme Court