This past year President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of State to implement additional screening and vetting standards in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities”. As a result the Department of State developed Form DS-5535 "Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants." The purpose of this newly approved form is to gather additional information about the visa applicant's last 15 year.
The form requires the visa applicant to provide extensive information, including:
- Travel history during the last 15 years, including source of funding;
- Address history for the last 15 years;
- Employment history for the last 15 years;
- All passport numbers and country of issuance held by the applicant;
- Names and dates of birth for all siblings, children, spouses, and partners;
- Social media platforms and user names used during the last 5 years; and
- Phone numbers and email addresses used during the last five years.
Failure to provide “to provide requested information will not necessarily result in a visa denial” but certainly makes the visa approval more difficult. In these cases it will be up to the consular officer to determine if there is a credible reason why the visa applicant cannot provide the requested information.
Our hope is that most of you will never encounter this form, but we want to make you aware that the possibility exists, especially if you are subject to administrative processing. If you wish to preview the form you can find a copy here.