It said that in addition to asking the visa applicants to provide their identifications or handles of their social media platform, they would also be asked to give details of their phone and mobile numbers used in the last five years.
"Under this proposal, almost all USA visa applicants will be asked to provide additional information, including their social media identifiers, prior passport numbers, information about family members, and a longer history of past travel, employment, and contact information than is collected in current visa application forms", the spokesperson said.
Immigrants from nations where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced will be also be directed to a State Department-run website to educate potential immigrants and visitors that the practice is illegal in the US, ensuring that human rights violations do not occur. Forms will also ask for applicants' five-year history of telephone numbers and addresses, travel and deportation statuses, and if members of their family have been involved in terrorist activity.
The proposal, disclosed in documents set to be published in the Federal Register on Friday.
For social media platforms not on the list, visa applicants "will be given the option to provide information". The department estimates it would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the US for business or education, according to the documents.
Along with the proposal's publishing, the department will begin a 60-day period for the public to comment on the plan.
The State Department estimates that the new visa forms would affect 710,000 immigrant and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants.
Approximately 15 million visa applicants could be affected by this change.
The new rules would apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas.