The Department of State’s (DOS) online visa application forms (Form DS-160 and Form DS-260) now include a new question about social media. The applicant is instructed to provide the names of each social media platform used within the last five years and the “username or handle you have used on that platform.”

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application also has a social media question, although providing this information is optional, reportedly.

The ESTA should not be confused with the DS-160 or DS-260 process. The ESTA is an electronic authorization required of citizens from “visa waiver” countries who are traveling to the U.S. for business and/or leisure. The DS-160 or DS-260 is for foreign nationals who are required to apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate/Embassy before traveling to the U.S.

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