US visa application form DS 160 has a question about your social media account. US embassy visa officer can use the information against your visa application shared in the Social Media section under the Address and Phone Information Page.
Beware if you have shared anything against the US government. Your visa application can potentially be denied based on your social media activity if it is found to be against the visa rules.
This article will discuss:
- Share All Facebook Accounts
- DS160 Social Media FAQs
- Delete Social Networking Accounts?
- US Port of Entry Denials based on WhatsApp, Text Messages
- Why Social Media Account is Required?
- Complete list of Social Networks for DS160
You will have to select all the social media accounts including Facebook that you have owned and used in the last 5 years. If you do not share or hide this information by selecting ‘none’, you are effectively lying on the DS160 form.
If you own multiple Facebook accounts, you should add all of them to your DS160 social media account section.
Note that you are supposed to sign the DS-160 visa application form under penalty of perjury. So, explicitly hiding information from the US embassy can harm your visa approval chances.
Yes, you need to share all your Facebook and Twitter account usernames on form DS-160 that you have used in the last 5 years.
Social media account password is NOT required on DS160 form.
You cannot avoid giving Facebook account information in DS160 even if you delete your account. You have to give information about all accounts that have been active in the last 5 years.
We recommend deleting all your Facebook posts instead of deleting the account if you think your posts may affect your US visa application.
Your phone number and email address are not required in DS160 social media section.
US Visa officer has all the rights and powers to ask you any question about your past, present, and future plans during your interview.
If he thinks that your social profile contradicts information with respect to your visa application, he can ask you questions.
It is possible that the visa officer issues a form 221(g) if you do not share the correct details in the DS160 social media account section.
Your social media account password is not required on DS160 form. You should not write your password on the form.
You are only required to share the social website’s username. There is no password required to be shared with the US consulate.
Is deleting the Facebook account an option? We do not think stopping your Facebook or Twitter account will help as the US embassy wants information if you have used any of the platforms in the past 5 years.
You are required to share the account details even if closed your account recently or 4 years ago.
The DS160 social media account list of websites does not stop at popular channels but includes lesser-known ones like VKontakte, Flickr, Douban, etc.
It is interesting to know that some networks like Google+ and MySpace which do not even exist now have been added to the list by DOS.
A blog platform Tumblr and image sharing website Pinterest, Instagram are part of the long list of social networks.
Delete Facebook Posts?
There are options to completely make your YouTube videos private or delete them if you do not want them to be visible to the public including the US embassy.
Please note that if you are on the US government watch list for terrorism threats, they can still use their government powers to get even the deleted Facebook posts and other information directly from website owners.
We do not think that the US Embassy will go that far for normal visa applications like work visas or business visas for normal people. You should be good if you can just delete your old posts if you think they can contradict your US visa claims.
If you use the LinkedIn platform for marketing yourself as a potential candidate for your next job, the US embassy may use it to verify your H1B visa claims.
Make sure that your professional networking site profile matches with what you claim on your US employment visa application for L, H, E-3, TN, or other work visas.
Official Business Facebook accounts not Required
You are not required to share any official business social share accounts that you manage or created for your employer including diplomatic visa applicants.
Only personal social handles or user IDs need to be mentioned on form DS160.
US Port of Entry Denials based on WhatsApp, Text Messages
US port of entry officers already has the powers to check your electronic devices including Laptop and mobiles. We have heard of many instances where WhatsApp messages were checked for a B1/B2 visa holder and were denied entry to the US-based on the message content showing the ‘intent’ of working in the USA.
As per a recent experience shared on a WhatsApp group, an F1 student’s phone was scanned by the immigration officers at the Port of entry in Chicago. He had several pictures of himself posing at a gas station on Facebook. He was sent back to India after being told that he had violated immigration rules by working off-campus.
The DS-160 question for sharing your networking site IDs will go a step ahead and tap into your ‘intent’ of going to the USA much before you even reach the land of opportunities.
The primary reason that the US government shared is the terrorism and vetting people with suspicious past primarily from middle-east countries.
The government claims that they felt the need to evaluate people’s Facebook or Twitter accounts when these platforms were used extensively by terrorist organizations to connect and spread their message.
National security is the biggest reason the new question form (Form DS-5535) was added for US visa applications.
Now, it has been extended to all DS-160 and DS-260 forms to provide your all social media platform usernames.
Complete list of Social Networks for DS160
- Facebook – Facebook page ID or your user name. If you log in with email, just give the part of the email that comes before the ‘@’. Example: email@example.com. Then, just share ‘ABC’.
- Google+ – Google+ has shut down but you can still give your user name.
- LinkedIn – Your profile ID. It could be a long string of numbers.
- Myspace – Forget it if you used myspace more than 5 years ago.
- Pinterest – your Pinterest ID.
- SINA WEIBO
- TENCENT WEIBO
- TWITTER – Give your Twitter handle like @am22tech.
- YOUTUBE – Give your log-in ID or channel name.
It seems that the US government is not leaving any online website un-touched in verifying your thought process.
The day is not far when artificial intelligence will be used to gauge your future intent based on social media content.