US Government Plans To Review Five Years of Social Media For Residency & Naturalization Applicants

Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

WESTON, Florida – The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it plans to review five years of online social media for immigrants seeking residency, citizenship, asylum and other benefits.

The government plans to require login id information for social media sites including:  Ask.fm, Douban, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, QZone (QQ), Reddit, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, Tumblr, Twitter, Twoo, Vine, VKontakte, Youke, and YouTube.

New USCIS forms which will require social media information include: Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status for those applying for a green card through USCIS, Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Permanent Residence for certain marriage-based green card beneficiaries; Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for EB-5 green card beneficiaries; and Form N-400 naturalization applications. Applicants who use social media, yet fail to list the required information on USCIS application forms may delay case processing and even receive application denials. 

 

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