The U.S. now requires your Instagram and Flickr activity when you apply for a visa

Jun 3, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

The U.S. now requires your Instagram and Flickr activity when you apply for a visa

Jun 3, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you plan to apply for a U.S. visa, here comes an unpleasant surprise. The State Department is now requiring almost all visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, including your Flickr and Instagram accounts.

The change was proposed back in March 2018 and it has just been approved. In addition to your Flickr and Instagram, there are other social media listed, such as Facebook, Twitter, and others. If the social network isn’t listed in the visa application form, you’re required to provide the details yourself. You are also required to provide previous email addresses and phone numbers you’ve had in the past five years. According to the department, this has been decided in order to improve the screening process and confirm the applicants’ identity.

As the Associated Press reports, this rule had previously been applied only to certain categories of travelers, such as people who had traveled to areas controlled by a terrorist organization. It’s estimated that around 65,000 applicants per year had fallen into this category. However, the new decision is going to be applied to almost all applicants. It includes both immigrants and non-immigrants, as well as those who travel to the U.S. for business or education.

The new rules exclude only certain diplomatic and official visa types. But, they are applicable to almost all other applicants and they’re expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for the U.S. visas each year.

Back when the new rule was first proposed, the American Civil Liberties Union suggested that this method of “identity confirmation” was neither effective nor fair. They added that “it would cause people to self-censor themselves online.” And I tend to agree. Okay, everyone can see your public profiles, but you choose what you want to be public. You can always delete content or simply set the social media accounts to be private and hide everything you want to hide. And also, why on Earth would anyone ask for your Flickr activity?

[via The Associated Press]

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34 responses to “The U.S. now requires your Instagram and Flickr activity when you apply for a visa”

  1. Nicholas Kau Avatar
    Nicholas Kau

    How the hell do these things pass? Who the hell is voting for this?

    1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      See the Movie VICE and you will get an idea on how things pass ;)

    2. Scott Valentine Avatar
      Scott Valentine

      Pass? It’s a rule change. The public did not vote on this, and had little input through commentary. This is a department of government asserting its authority to gain power.

    3. Nicholas Kau Avatar
      Nicholas Kau

      Scott Valentine exactly! How the hell do we not get input here?

  2. Martti Rannikko Avatar
    Martti Rannikko

    True?

  3. Marco Peixoto Avatar
    Marco Peixoto

    What if I dont have an Instagram? :D

    1. Bolkey Avatar
      Bolkey

      Then you are extra suspect. Face Guantanamo. And watch out what you write HERE!

  4. Gwynevere Kipling Avatar
    Gwynevere Kipling

    …*eyes their Instagram… cackles*

  5. Котэ Базилио Avatar
    Котэ Базилио

    Thank God not my pornhub activity

  6. রিফাত জামিল ইউসুফজাই Avatar
    রিফাত জামিল ইউসুফজাই

    Instagram / Flickr only !?! Why not Facebook also ?

    1. Gérard Quetsch Avatar
      Gérard Quetsch

      FB as well. Read the whole article.

    2. Tom Dahm Avatar
      Tom Dahm

      রিফাত জামিল ইউসুফজাই Facebook owns IG. Safe to assume that platform too.

  7. Colby Blank Avatar
    Colby Blank

    Guess I have some accounts to re-name…

  8. Michael Dennis Avatar
    Michael Dennis

    I am not an IG Model, whats the point? LOL

  9. Matthew Nehrling Avatar
    Matthew Nehrling

    Of course, all this means is that anyone who wants to do us harm, will create sock-puppet accounts with “I love the USA” and kitten pictures all over it so they look innocent.

  10. Jarek Niskiewicz Avatar
    Jarek Niskiewicz

    Screw the terrorist shit hole :p

  11. Anthony Woodruffe Avatar
    Anthony Woodruffe

    Why? zuckerburg passes everything to the NSA anyway…

  12. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    lol because Huawei is spying on us, right? lol

  13. Jeanne Pickles Avatar
    Jeanne Pickles

    That’s what happens when you elect a man-child ?

  14. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    I really do not get this country..

  15. Marjorie McDonald Avatar
    Marjorie McDonald

    “Flickr activity” is an oxymoron ?

  16. Dave DeBaeremaeker Avatar
    Dave DeBaeremaeker

    This is why I only use Discover Card.

  17. JarFil Avatar
    JarFil

    Who posts compromising stuff on themselves to social media sites? They’re just screening for idiots, that’s all.

  18. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    They ain’t gettin my social media connections. And I’m not going there. So they can just suck it.

    Security theatre needs to wind down before I’ll even consider visiting another country. Your tourist traps can rot.

  19. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Many employers do check on your social media account before they interview you; be warn.

    1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
      Daniel Shortt

      Be *Warned*
      When I look at potential employees, the ones that can’t spell go right to the bottom of the list ;)

    2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Daniel Shortt English is not even a second language to me; a third maybe. I am sure the 3rd language you are fluent at is no better than my English.

  20. Daniel Shortt Avatar
    Daniel Shortt

    lol

  21. Juraj Dolanjski Avatar
    Juraj Dolanjski

    You’ve just been added to “no fly list”…

  22. CanonMinolta Avatar
    CanonMinolta

    I have no problem with that at all
    People show who they really are on social media
    Not a bad idea for the government to see that before issuing visas etc.

    1. Dick Durham Avatar
      Dick Durham

      I’d say the opposite is true. People advertise only the best of themselves online. A Utopian existence for all to be jealous of.

  23. John Skinner Avatar
    John Skinner

    I cross over into Detroit from Windsor Ontario Canada with some frequency. And although I’ve been doing it for well over 50+ years, every once in a while I get pulled into secondary and they pull a deep dive on me. I don’t get it, it’s a relatively new thing, and it took place just last weekend during the Detroit Grand Prix. And yes, they did in fact ask for all of this info just mentioned in the piece here.

    There are some strange things taking place with policy and restrictions for just the ‘average’ guy crossing over. I can’t imagine the level for scrutiny applied to those from ‘active countries’ and people with faces of color or ethnicity.

    1. ShishkaBerry Avatar
      ShishkaBerry

      It’s that legal weed lol.

  24. blokeinusa Avatar
    blokeinusa

    I’ll need additional pages for my application to list all my emails and social media usernames