Consulates Begin More Intensive Vetting Process


The Washington Post is reporting that Consular Officers have begun using a recently approved supplemental questionnaire to request additional information from visa applicants. The supplemental questionnaire requests information such as:

• International travel history for 15 years, including places visited, dates, source of funds for the trip, and length of stay.
• Prior passport numbers.
• The names and dates of birth for the visa applicant's siblings, children, and spouse.
• Addresses and contact information for the past 15 years.
• Employment history for the past 15 years.
• Username for any account the visa applicant has used to create or share content within the last five years.

While the State Department already requests some of these details on visa applications, the supplemental questionnaire asks applicants to provide information dating further back. Additionally, the supplemental questionnaire requests new information, notably social media usernames.

Ultimately, it is up to the discretion of each Consular Officer to decide whether it is appropriate to request the supplemental questionnaire from a visa applicant. At the end of the form, though, the State Department notes, "Individuals who fail to submit this form or who do not provide all the requested information may be denied a U.S. visa. Although furnishing this information is voluntary, failure to provide this information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application."