Be Careful with Social Networking

Social networking has absolutely exploded in popularity recently. Since the advent of Myspace and Facebook, there have been dozens of sites popping up, all of which have the same mission: Share your life with others!

This can get a lot of people into trouble, however. It is not uncommon for social networking sites to lead to speeding tickets, drug arrests, and many other things. Unfortunately, the United Stated Citizenship and Immigration Services has recently started looking at social networking sites as well.

While it may seem rather obvious not to post incriminating things in public spaces, a lot of times simply posting different information than what is put on an immigration form can lead to an application being denied for immigration fraud, and can even lead to deportation proceedings.

One area that people need to make sure is accurately represented online is job title. If an individual comes to the U.S. on a work visa, then their stay in the U.S. is directly tied to their long-term employment at that one job. Many times writers and artists will get work visas and come to the U.S. to work for a particular company, but on social networking sites, will put “freelance” as their job title.

If an individual was approved for a work visa, then they are absolutely not freelance. They are tied to working only for their sponsor. It is incredibly important that any publicly available representation of you is completely accurate.

This may seem like a minor detail, but it is becoming increasingly important as everyone pushes for a stronger online presence. Make sure you take all appropriate steps to ensuring your online presence is accurate, in order to avoid any future immigration issues.

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