Online Visa, ESTA Applications Include New Social Media Question

June 10, 2019

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Social Media Network InternetThe Department of State’s (DOS) online visa application (Form DS-160) now includes a new question about social media. The applicant is instructed to provide the names of each social media platform used within the last five years and the “username or handle you have used on that platform.”

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application also has a social media question, although providing this information is optional, reportedly.

The ESTA should not be confused with the DS-160 process. The ESTA is an electronic authorization required of citizens from “visa waiver” countries who are traveling to the U.S. for business and/or leisure. The DS-160 is for foreign nationals who are required to apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate/Embassy before traveling to the U.S.


DOS Online Visa Application
ESTA Application
Countries Participating in the Visa Waiver Program