Whether you are trying to get asylum status, citizenship, your green card or just a visa, you should know that the United States government can and will scrutinize all available facets of your life, including social media. When you apply for a visa, The Department of Homeland Security will expect you to disclose your user names, but not passwords, for your social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and possibly others. Therefore, you may want to avoid social media during your immigration case. For more information, please continue reading, then contact a skillful NYC family immigration attorney. Some reasons you may wish to avoid social media during your immigration case include:
Immigration officials may take your jokes “too seriously”
Your humor may not translate when it comes to jokes about violence, gang affiliation, terrorism or other serious matters. Immigration authorities must take threats or other dangerous statements seriously, even if you meant them in jest. As such, you should purge your social media accounts of jokes about sensitive topics.
Your social media does not reflect your relationships
If you are not trying to deceive anyone, this should seem straightforward. The manner in which you present your relationships online should reflect what you are reporting to the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS will notice if you are petitioning for a green card for your immigrant spouse but make posts about “single life.”
Your friends post questionable content
Just because you were not the one who created the post does not mean that the Department of Homeland Security will not look at it. For example, if your friend posts something that hints at their support for terrorism or gang affiliation, it will not make a difference if it is not your post. Immigration authorities may still attribute the content to you.
There is no statute of limitations on questionable content
Just because you posted something a long time ago does not mean that immigration authorities will ignore it. You must look at all of your social media activity, not merely the latest posts. At some point, you may have posted something questionable that you do not even remember.
You do not keep your settings private
Rather than posting to the general public, you should keep your social media settings to private. While you should always exercise caution, immigration authorities do not, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, have the ability to view any of your private posts to your friends.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to speak with NYC immigration lawyer Cheryl R. David immediately.
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