State Dept.'s Queries For Visa Applicants Draw Criticism

Law360, New York (May 19, 2017, 10:02 PM EDT) -- A proposal from the U.S. Department of State to ask certain visa applicants for expanded information, like their social media handles, has sparked a backlash from privacy and immigration groups, who said Thursday it could have a chilling effect on speech.

Earlier this month, the State Department issued a notice proposing to seek certain information from a “subset” of visa applicants, including their travel history over the past 15 years, along with the “source of funding” for the trip, and social media information. 

Other information that would be requested under the proposal include addresses and employment history from the past 15 years,...

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