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Extreme vetting questionnaire approved

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2017 | U.S. Immigration Law |

President Trump has approved as part of his extreme vetting program involving prospective immigrants a questionnaire that asks for biographical information going back 15 years. Those looking to immigrate to Maryland or elsewhere in the United States will also have to provide social media information for the last five years. Specifically, applicants will need to document any travel that they have done in the last 15 years and disclose how it was paid for.

They will also need to disclose the names and dates of birth for siblings and any children that applicants may have. The names and dates of birth of their spouses or domestic partners both past and present will need to be revealed. Furthermore, applicants will need to provide any passport numbers used, email addresses used or phone numbers used in the past. While the information provided on the DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants is disclosed voluntarily, it may play a role in determining whether a person is granted a visa.

While the questionnaire is currently supposed to exist for a period of six months, it is likely to become permanent at some point. The goal is to determine who may have spent time in countries or territories that may be controlled by terrorism. Both employers and employees are urged to be patient and to allow for extra time for visas to be processed.

A visa application may be the first step in the process of allowing a foreign national to live or work in America. Those who need help with their application may wish to seek help from their embassy or from an immigration attorney. An attorney may be helpful when it comes to filling out forms or ensuring that they are filled out accurately and completely. This may allow applications to be processed in a timely manner.