Immigration Law

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Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the... Read More

Collection of Social Media Identifiers from U.S. Visa Applicants
Posted on 4 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, June 4, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide... Read More

Social Media Monitoring, DHS, the State Department, and You
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Sophia DenUyl, Raya Koreh, Brennan Center for Justice, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rapidly expanding its collection of social media information and using it to evaluate the security... Read More

Is The State Department Demanding Social Media Info From Visa Seekers? Not Yet.
Posted on 30 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, Mar. 30, 2018 - There is a bit of a panic in some quarters about two notices published today in the Federal Register. The first, linked here , is about immigrant visa ("green card") applications. The second, linked here ... Read More

Expert: Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Limit Immigration
Posted on 3 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ana Campoy, Quartz, Apr. 2, 2018 - "Would-be-travelers to the U.S. beware: The line for a U.S. visa could soon be getting a lot longer. The State Department on Friday proposed to include extra questions about social-media use in visa applications... Read More

Social Media Added to ESTA Vetting Source List
Posted on 6 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to update and reissue the DHS system of records titled, ‘‘DHS/U.S. Customs... Read More

DHS Wants Social Media Info from Our Clients
Posted on 24 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register, June 23, 2016 - "DHS proposes to add the following question to ESTA and to Form I-94W: “Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.” It will be... Read More

Immigration Is Watching
Posted on 18 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Most users of social media sites probably think only their Facebook friends view what they post. But not everyone uses social media to share family photos or helpful hints about where to get the best haircut. Government agents also use these... Read More