Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting, Including Social Media Checks
The latest changes in the United States visa process will include those seeking entry to provide any and all social media handles from the last five years. While some advocates say this can help with security concerns, critics say it could be discouraging to those seeking access to the US including students. In addition, this could increase wait time with these additional steps.
I’m sure we all have probably posted or tweeted or liked something five years ago that we probably wouldn’t today for one reason or another…but political rantings is a popular topic for anyone, regardless of nationality. If Kathy Griffin was trying to get a visa, she would most likely be denied. There’s plenty of criticism out there for the current administration… It would great to know that foreign citizens who want to voice an opinion via social will be able to do so without getting denied entry into the US. We are a country known for our free speech. As long as it’s not harmful or threatening, there shouldn’t be any reason for social media to come into play for visa applications in my opinion. I hope that the worldwide community now doesn’t feel the need to censure themselves for fear of being granted access to America.