In accordance with the new procedures, the US Consulate can ask the visa applicants for the number of all previous passports, social network data for the past five years, e-mail addresses and phone numbers
The US tightened the verification rules for issuing US visas, approving a new questionnaire for those wishing to visit the country. This is reported by Reuters.
The new questionnaires for checking potential US visitors on May 23 were approved by the Office for Management and Budget, despite their criticism during public discussions on the part of a number of officials, in particular, from education.
Opponents of the new questionnaires argued that their introduction would delay the processing of information, and as a result, it would prevent foreign students and scholars from entering the educational institutions of the United States.
In accordance with the new procedures, the US Consulate can request from the visa applicants the numbers of all previous foreign passports, social network data for the past five years, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. They can also ask for biographical information over the past 15 years, including addresses of residence, places of work and travel history.
The State Department stated that these fields for filling are not mandatory, but officials will ask for additional information when they decide “that such information is necessary to confirm the identity or to conduct a more stringent audit for national security purposes.”