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AILA – DHS Request for Comments on Changes to Immigration and Travel Forms to Collect Social Media Information

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AILA – DHS Request for Comments on Changes to Immigration and Travel Forms to Collect Social Media Information

In an effort to heighten our national security, the Trump Administration issued on September 4, 2019 an Executive Order (E.O) granting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statutory and regulatory authorities to collect new biographic information on immigration and Foreign Travel forms.

Immigration Applicants will henceforth be compelled to provide their social media details when applying for CBP and USCIS benefits. The government wants to make sure that the information submitted is accurate and can be verified, even though they are not safeguarding the confidentiality information of these applicants.

Thus, nine USCIS forms are covered by this Executive Order: Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, Form I-485, Application to Register for Permanent Residence of Adjust Status, Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form I-752, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence just to name a few.

One may question the relevance of this E.O. especially since all immigrants with no exception, must already undergo extensive background checks and provide substantiated information before being deemed eligible for an Immigration benefit. This new order could lengthen the already long processing times. Fortunately, the general public and other Federal agencies are encouraged to raise their concern about this E.O. until November 4, 2019.

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