DS160 Social Media Account Facebook, Twitter Username Required

DS160 Social Media Account Information required from last 5 years. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube username handle required. Deleting account will not help.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  29 Jun, 19

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US visa application form DS 160 now has a new question about your social media account. US embassy visa officer can use the information against your visa application shared in 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 visa rules.

Share All Facebook Accounts

You will have to select all the social media accounts including Facebook that you have owned and used in last 5 years. If you do not share or hide this information by selecting ‘none’, you are effectively lying on DS160 form.

If you own multiple Facebook accounts, you should add all of them in 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 US embassy can harm your visa approval chances.

DS160 Social Media FAQs

Do we need to share Facebook, twitter Accounts?

Yes, you need to share all your Facebook and Twitter account usernames on form DS-160 that you have used in last 5 years.

Is social media account password required on DS160?

Social media account password is NOT required on DS160 form.

Can I delete all Facebook Accounts and skip giving my username?

You cannot avoid giving Facebook account information in DS160 even if you delete your account. You have give information about all accounts that have been active in last 5 years.

Should I delete all my Facebook posts?

I recommend deleting all your Facebook posts instead of deleting the account if you think your posts may affect your US visa application.

Is phone number and email address required in Social media section?

Your phone number and email address are NOT required in DS160 social media section.

Will Visa Officer Ask Questions about Facebook, Twitter or YouTube?

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 visa officer issues a form 221(g) if you do not share the correct details in DS160 social media account section.

Social Account Password Not Required

You are only required to share the social website’s username. There is NO password required to be shared with US consulate.

Example: You can share your Facebook ID like spot.Anil.Gupta or Twitter handle like @anil_am22 on DS160 form.

Delete All Networking Accounts?

Is deleting the Facebook account an option? I 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 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 a lesser known ones like VKontakte, Flickr, Douban.

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 long list of social networks.

Delete All Facebook Posts?

You can completely delete your old Facebook posts and tweets rather than delete the account.

There are options to completely make your YouTube videos private or delete them if you do not want them to be visible to public including US embassy.

Please note that if you are on the US government watch list for terrorism threat, they can use their government powers to get even the deleted Facebook posts and other information directly from website owners.

I do not think that 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.

LinkedIn Profile Not Matching H1B Visa Application?

If you use LinkedIn platform for marketing yourself a potential candidate for next job, US embassy can 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.

An example of how social media accounts can affect your Visa status-

Trump government has already taken multiple steps to make the US visa process cumbersome.

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 have 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 US based on the message content showing the ‘intent’ of working in 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 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 USA much before you even reach the land of opportunities.

 

Why Social Media Account is Required?

The primary reason that 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.

The 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

  • Ask.FM
  • Douban
  • Facebook – Facebook page ID or your user name. If you login with email, just give the part of email that comes before the ‘@’. Example: abc@am22tech.com. Then, just share ‘abc’.
  • Flickr
  • Google+ – Google+ has shut down but you can still give your user name.
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn – Your profile ID. It could be the long string of numbers.
  • Myspace – Forget it if you used myspace more than 5 years ago.
  • Pinterest – your Pinterest ID.
  • QZone(QQ)
  • REDDIT
  • SINA WEIBO
  • TENCENT WEIBO
  • TUMBLR
  • TWITTER – Give your twitter handle.
  • TWOO
  • VINE
  • VKONTAKTE(VK)
  • YOUKU
  • YOUTUBE – Give your log in ID or channel name.
  • NONE

It seems that US government is not leaving any online website un-touched in verifying your past and your thought process.

The day is not far when the artificial intelligence will be used to gauge your future intent using your social media posts.


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   27 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. Ahmad Al-fayez
    Ahmad Al-fayez 28 Jun, 19 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Anil, im going to apply for my F-1 visa soon, im only 17 years old which means the 5 years social media began when i was about 12 years old only. What if i forgot some off the social media i made within the 5 years as i was young and dont remember them. For example, i remember i had vine back in 2013 but i forgot my username and i cant check because vine is closed or i remember i had a lot of Instagram accounts like 4 -5 but i dont remember except 2.What should i do and should i worry?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jun, 19 at 9:10 pm

      You should write whatever you can recall.


  2. Ethoul Didi
    Ethoul Didi 28 Jun, 19 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Anil, thanks for your article. I tried to enter my Facebook identifier with my Facebook name and then as you said with the first part of my e-mail before the “@” but it doesn’t work, when I go back to the form it hasn’t saved what I entered before. Do you have any explanation ? I began to fulfill the DS160 at the beginning of the year before the change concerning social media. Thanks for your help!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jun, 19 at 6:14 pm

      You don’t have to edit your DS160 if you have already submitted it before the new changes.

      You only need to give just the Facebook username.
      No need for two names for same Account. Just give the profile or the username before the email ‘@’ . Write only one.

      I will check to see why its not saving. It may be a temporary problem.


      • Ethoul Didi
        Ethoul Didi 29 Jun, 19 at 12:23 am

        I haven’t finished to complete the last parts of Ds 160 that’s why I wanted to add my Facebook information. But if my Facebook name is for example Ethoul Didi I have to put “Ethoul Didi”? I don’t understand the “no need for two names for same account”…


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 29 Jun, 19 at 9:01 am

          You have yo give Facebook user name that you use to login to facebook.


          • Ethoul Didi
            Ethoul Didi 29 Jun, 19 at 9:29 am

            I think the trouble is that I started to complete the DS160 in March when the part concerning social media didn’t exist. Because a friend completed all the DS160 and gave his user name on Tuesday and it worked, whereas for me it doesn’t save the answer.


  3. Wiesmann GT
    Wiesmann GT 27 Jun, 19 at 6:27 am

    Hi Anil,
    It is stated that I should provide previous addresses where I lived at since turning sixteen. I used to study in a city where my brother used to live in, and I had to stay there for a month and then came back to my city for another month or two. This means studying for one month in a city and having an internship in mine. I used to this for two years! Should I mention the address in this case? Thank you!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 6:47 am

      Yes, you should mention the address where you stayed on and off.


      • Wiesmann GT
        Wiesmann GT 27 Jun, 19 at 6:57 am

        Okay, hat’s off to you! Btw, shall I bring any documents that prove this subject matter?


        • Tepie Ryan
          Tepie Ryan 27 Jun, 19 at 6:57 am

          Hi Anil.
          I had my student F1 visa interview on 10th June 2019 at Us embassy Yaoundé Cameroon. Vo and I had close to a 15mins interview which went on quite smoothly. At the end of the interview,vo took all the documents i brought for the interview including my passport and told me I’ll get a call.He also issued me a 221g but didn’t tick for any additional documents.My online status still shows AP 8 days from my interview.My deadline for arrival at my school is 29th July which is quite close.I’ll like to know possible outcomes for my case and an estimation of how long it may take to issue my visa.

          Le jeu. 27 juin 2019 à 13:42, Disqus a écrit :


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 7:16 am

            You can expect your passport with visa in about 7-14 working days.
            You can see the Visa approved and form 221g situation here and common form 221g reasons for people and final approvals.


            • Tepie Ryan
              Tepie Ryan 27 Jun, 19 at 3:34 pm

              Ok tanks… But i wrote to you there but didn’t get any response…And today marks the 13th working day n I haven’t got any update nor email. I’ll like to know if AP wait times varies with different countries. Because I had my interview in Cameroon and most cases in the forum are from India.
              Le jeu. 27 juin 2019 à 14:03, Disqus a écrit :


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 4:34 pm

                Your question is out of scope of this article.
                I suggest to ask it on our forum. I can reply there and may be someone who has gone through same process recently will help you too.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 6:57 am

          Yes, it is recommended that you carry the documents. Visa officer may or may not ask for them but its good to carry.


  4. Wiesmann GT
    Wiesmann GT 24 Jun, 19 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for your help! Btw, I used to change my Facebook name and now I am not able to identify my username because I deleted my Facebook accounts. Should I provide all my Facebook names that I used, or just provide the one that I am currently using? Thank you!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Jun, 19 at 5:31 pm

      You have to provide all facebook account usernames that you have used in last 5 years. It does not matter if you have deleted them now.
      If you cannot recall of find the user names of accounts, then you can skip them.


  5. YR
    YR 18 Jun, 19 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the informative post. Couple other websites mentioned that traveller also need to share phone numbers and email address used in the last 5 years. Could you please elaborate on that?. What if a person does not recall a phone number or email which he/she has used 3-4 years back?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Jun, 19 at 4:47 am

      I don’t think you need to share phone numbers and email addresses.
      Only social media account ID is required and not email or phone number.


  6. Luis
    Luis 9 Jun, 19 at 8:15 pm

    For YouTube which one it would be the identifier we should add?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 19 at 8:24 pm

      It should be either your Youtube user name or channel name.


      • Luis
        Luis 9 Jun, 19 at 8:33 pm

        Thanks, the username is the long number or user ID, Right? I meant not the email used to log in?
        Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 19 at 8:33 pm

          Just give the first part of email without the @ string.
          Usually, we use email to log into youtube.


  7. Wiesmann GT
    Wiesmann GT 6 Jun, 19 at 11:03 am

    Hello,

    I have already submitted my DS-260 before that option related to Social Media took place.

    I want to know what to do because I did not find any information related to my case in the website of U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE — BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS. Do I need to contact them regarding this issue? Should I unlock my DS-260?

    Thank you in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Jun, 19 at 12:09 pm

      If you have already filled your DS-260 before the social media question was added, then there is no need to worry. You are safe and do not need to make any edits.


  8. Vivan Shah
    Vivan Shah 5 Jun, 19 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Anil
    I have an H1-B extension stamping in October in Canada and I have already filled out my DS 160 a month ago even before this requirement came in. What happens to me now? Should I fill out a new DS-160? Or will I be given a 221g because my DS 160 does not have the social media information?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Jun, 19 at 6:29 pm

      Don’t worry. You do not need to update or refill DS160 now.
      Its only required for new DS160 form filings.

      You won’t get form 221g for this. You are safe.



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