US Embassy Requests For Social Media Details From Visa Applicants

Harsh economic conditions has obviously made thousands of Nigerians to make up their minds to leave the country for greener pasture.

US President, Donald Trump‘s administration first proposed the social media visa rules in March of 2018.

According to reports, anyone who lies about what they have been up to on social media to consular officials could face “serious immigration consequences”.

Trump did call for “extreme vetting” of immigrants before and during his time in office.

BBC reports that the proposal would affect about 14.7 million people annually.

Some diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the new rules.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,” the department reportedly said.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 29,723 Nigerian immigrants who travelled to the US in 2018, overstayed their visas.

The DHS describes an overstay as a non-immigrant who was lawfully admitted to the U.S. for an authorized period, but who remained beyond his or her authorized period of admission.

In 2017, a total of 19,676 Nigerians overstayed their US visas. The number represents 10.61% of the total expected departures.

In 2016, only a total of 12,043 Nigerians (6.34%) who travelled to the U.S. overstayed their visas.

In May, the US embassy in Nigeria announced that if you want to renew your visa as a Nigerian, the “Dropbox” process would no longer apply, unless of course you are a diplomatic or government official.

“Dropbox” is the fancy name given to the process of simply renewing your visa by sending your application via courier or DHL to the embassy, where it is then processed and a new one re-issued.

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