The US State Department now requires nearly all applicants for US visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers.

The US Embassy has confirmed that it has updated its immigrant and non-immigrant visa forms to request additional information, including ‘social media identifiers’, from applicants.

The new visa application forms list a number of social media platforms and require the applicant to provide any account names they may have had on them over the previous five years. They also give applicants the option to volunteer information about social media accounts on platforms not listed on the form.

In addition to their social media histories, visa applicants are now asked for five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, international travel and deportation status, as well as whether any family members have been involved in terrorist activities.

Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types are exempt from the requirements.