Are you quite active on social sites and curious to obtain a visa to your dream place? Well, congratulations! You have just made the task of the visa authorities a lot effortless. All they have to do to identify if you are the right person to be given permit is checked through your profile and history at Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media sites you are active on, and simply discover if your so-called partner is really your spouse, or if you are in contact with some separatists and planning something BIG but SHODDY.
Yeah, it is correct! As per reports, the immigration and border security officials across innumerable prominent foreign hotspots are keeping an eye on your social media accounts.
Apart from this, the authorities in some countries, like the US for example, now relish the power to search your electronic devices – whether it is your cell phone or laptop. The said trend of increasing searches continues persistently Till March 31 this year, which in the US creates the initial six months of fiscal 2018, close-to 15000 searches were carried out. People entering or leaving the US should not be amazed in case they are asked to provide their mobile phones or laptops at the borders even without any indication of criminal behavior. A further search–which involves confiscating the instrument and sending it across to the forensic lab–is carried out when officers have a sound suspicion of criminal violations or terror of national safety & security.
Under the present US law, warrantless border searches are only authorized to access the information saved on the device itself. The border officials are not permitted to access data saved on the cloud through a visitor’s mobile device. So, tourists may take several precautions, such as reduce the number of the devices they bring, or transferring data on to the cloud, and remove sensitive information before they enter.
Apart from physical searches of the electronic devices, many countries such as Singapore, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US are also focusing on social media footprints.
The Canadian visa officials identifying the application filed for Permanent Residency (PR) may examine information that is obtainable and the applicants have got denial letters, thanks to the irregularities that may have noticed.
During the procedure, in case the consular officer fall across something disapproving on social media accounts, such as numerous photos with other than the spouse mentioned in the application, the officer may ask him to come for an interview, giving the applicant an opportunity to illuminate.
Aspirants submitting the petition for visas, work permits, or residency should not be stunned if details are collected from their social media accounts and used as a grounds to reject an application.
Social media analysis is anticipated to become rigid. As reported earlier, the US State Department suggested an extensive plan to ask nearly every visa aspirant to provide social media history of preceding five years to ensure their intentions.