New Supplemental Questionnaire for U.S. Visa Applicants (06/16/17)

The U.S. State Department has reportedly adopted a new, supplemental questionnaire to further vet U.S. visa applicants during consular processing. This questionnaire, form DS-5535, seeks a visa applicant's prior passport numbers, five years of social media handles, all email addresses and phone numbers, names and dates of birth of all siblings, children, and spouses/domestic partners, as well as addresses, employment and travel history over the previous 15 years. According to the State Department, the questionnaire would not be administered routinely, but rather when a consular officer determines "that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting."

The DS-5535 discloses that “Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.” The questionnaire was approved on May 23 for a period of 180 days, at which time it could be renewed. All visa applicants will continue to be required to complete the standard DS-160 form.

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