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Social Media and Immigration

USCIS and Your Social Media

Immigration applicants filing forms including DS-160, DS-156 or DS-260 must submit their social media profiles to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  for review. When going through the immigration process, U.S. immigration authorities may check your social media accounts to investigate your immigration application. Applicants are required to provide the social media accounts and usernames they have used in the last 5 years. This is done to verify the information you have provided on your application and to identify any potential threats to national security.

Social Media and Immigration

Immigration authorities may look for:
  • Evidence of criminal activity:
    This includes posts that suggest you have been involved in crimes such as murder, assault, theft, or drug trafficking.
  • Ties to terrorist organizations:
    This includes posts that express support for terrorist groups or that show you have been in contact with members of terrorist groups.
  • Plans to engage in unauthorized employment:
    This includes posts that suggest you intend to work in the US without a valid work visa.
  • False statements on immigration forms:
    This includes posts that contradict the information you have provided on your immigration application.
  • Ineligibility for immigration benefits due to health reasons or other factors:
    This includes posts that suggest you have a communicable disease or that you have lied about your medical history on your immigration application.
Immigration authorities will review your social media accounts if they have a reasonable suspicion that you may be ineligible for immigration benefits. If you are concerned about your social media posts affecting your immigration application, you should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
  • Immigration authorities may review your social media accounts even if they have not asked you for your social media handles on your immigration application.
  • Immigration authorities may review your social media posts that are public, private, or even deleted.
  • Immigration authorities may also review the social media posts of your friends and family members if they believe that these posts may be relevant to your immigration application.
If USCIS or DHS find anything in your social media that concerns them, your immigration application can be delayed or denied.
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If you are planning to immigrate to the U.S., it is important to be mindful of your social media activity. Avoid posting anything that could suggest that you are ineligible for immigration benefits or that could pose a threat to national security.

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