New extreme vetting processes revealed

The Trump administration is moving forward on its promise to implement extreme vetting measures by proposing tougher questioning and evaluations of U.S. visa applicants, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The tightened measures were proposed on Thursday and are aimed to “more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities,” a notice in the Federal Register read.

The proposal includes allowing State Department screeners to request applicants’ social media handles and emails, which would then let them press for details about children and siblings, as well as a detailed travel history.

In addition, screeners could ask applicants for employment history, 15 years’ of addresses, and funding sources for their travel.

The proposal puts into place part of the executive order President Trump signed in March that sought to temporarily ban travelers from six conflict-prone countries. Although the travel ban was put on hold by legal challenges, parts of it, including tougher vetting measures, were allowed to go forward.


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