You may have to provide your social media identities to enter the U.S. soon!
New Delhi: The US Embassy in India has issued a warning to all the student applicants in India regarding the authenticity and procedures related to student visa to the United States of America. The US Embassy has urged the Indian students to provide authentic documents and to pay close attention to the Visa interview officer.
The Fraud Prevention Manager with the US Embassy, Elizabeth Lawrence was heard stating in an open interaction with students, “A lot of students’ approach bogus visa agents in order to help them to obtain visas. We caution the students to use the right sources with EducationUSA, where they can conduct research with all programmes and courses they want to apply in US universities and make sure that they make the best of their future goals.” EducationUSA is currently present in 170 countries and it guides student applicants with necessary information regarding the country’s education system.
The punishment for providing fake documents will be as severe as not being able to enter the USA again.
The Fraud Prevention Manager has further urged the students to ensure the authenticity of the documents they are submitting to process the visa. The embassy does not have a specific list of documents that one can submit but they, however, insist that the students carry all the relevant documents necessary to process the request with the only condition being the that the document should be authentic.
June 6th will be observed as ‘Student Visa Day’ at all US embassy offices across India. This is to commemorate the heavy numbers of Indian students emigrating to the US.
US Consul General George Hogeman pointed out to the fact that many students show up with a prepared speech and this does not help. If the applicant is attentive enough and spends their time listening to the visa officer, it will help both the parties to resolve the interview.
The US government is currently planning to scrutinize the social media identities of applicants to the USA. On March 30th, the planned to put forward a proposal which would require all immigrants and non-immigrants to list the social media identities they used in last five years.
Such information will be used to analyse and vet nearly 15 million applicants globally, each year. This move comes as a support to President Donald Trump’s promise on an intense background check and vetting of immigrants to put a stop to terrorism happening in the US.