Mumbai, September 6: Those applying for a green card or US citizenship will soon have to provide their social media identity. According to a Times of India report, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the process of identifying social media identification as a step forward. New Green Card Rules in US: All You Need to Know About Changes Made by Donald Trump Administration in Rules For Permanent Resident Card.
In cases where social media handles are not provided in the form, applications will still be processed, but they might get delayed. The proposal, which was laid out in the Federal Register on September 4, is out for public opinion.
In a previous TOI report, E-forms D-160 and D-260, which are filled by tourists, students and those heading to the US for work, had a drop-down menu. Applicants had to mention the user name against their social media handles being used by them in the last five years.
In July this year, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that removed the seven percent country cap on issuing green cards. The bill eliminates the limits on the number of permanent residencies or green cards that can be given in a year to citizens of each country. Under the existing rules, the maximum number of green cards that can be granted to people from any country is seven percent of the total, which is about 26,000 annually.