Will USCIS or a U.S. Embassy Look at My Social Media?

25 Jun 2018

“I’ve read they passed a bill on where they go into your social media after interview, which would prolong the process, and that’ll effect a lot of K-1 Visas and my fiance is from the Philippines.”

The government has always had that authority to investigate pretty much anything. They already do a background check on you and your fiance. In this modern-age, part of our background is social media. So it was really only a matter of time until we got to that point. Employers have been doing it for a long time – checking your social media. So, by now, we all should be smart enough to know that social media is not the place you should really start bearing all your soul and your deep, dark, political opinions for the world to see. Anything you post on social media, you should think how it could look to a USCIS agent, consular officer, or CBP agent. And you should also be expected to answer for it. As of late 2017, Homeland Security has stated they will consider the social media presence of immigrants.

In immigration as in life in general, our society is learning, especially over this last year, that this is just not the place to go airing all your extreme opinions. Keep social media for your family photos, your dog, and your grandchild. Avoid posting controversial opinions or anything questionable. You don’t know whether or not the person who’s reviewing your case has the exact opposite opinion from you.

At the end of the day, you’re entitled to your opinion, but it’s like a job interview. You have a right to wear whatever you want but if you show up with face tattoos and a T-shirt, you’re probably not going to get the job. This is the same thing. Yes – you have a right to say anything you want. You have a right to believe anything you want, and hold any political view that you want. But, it’s not always in your best interest and that especially applies with immigration.

Also, don’t assume that they can’t see it if it’s not set to publicly viewable. We’ve had reports of agents requesting login credentials to social media profiles. Please don’t take lightly the importance of your social media as it relates to the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” doctrine. Rather than making questionable content private, it’s best to simply delete it, or better yet – never post it at all.

Some items that you may want to take a look at are:

  • Facebook posts
  • Tweets
  • Youtube videos
  • Instagram posts
  • Your profile bios
  • Your comments on other people’s content
  • Your interactions with other people that are public

What could be considered questionable content?

The list below is by no means an exhaustive list.

  • Anti-American Sentiment
  • Religious Fundementalist Content
  • Violent Content (or content that may be perceived to be violent: e.g. Your feed is full of photos of your AK-47 collection)
  • Politically Activist Content (Your profile photo is the Hamas flag)
  • Content that Conflicts with Petition (e.g. if you’re applying for a fiance visa but are posting photos of you kissing someone other than your fiance or womanizing)
  • Pro Drug-Use Content (Your profile photo is you smoking a joint wearing a pot leaf t-shirt, and your email address is reefer420forever@gmail.com)
  • Illegal Content (This is a given. Don’t be dumb.)

 

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