With my involvement in both Digital Marketing and expat advice, I had a number of people contact me regarding the announcement that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out on the 18th of September, 2017 about access to your social media.

Articles included this great summation from Gizmodo and this initial post from BuzzFeed which I would urge you to read, but I wanted to distill the advice down into a summary and a number of “Do’s” and “Don’ts”.

As always know that this is not legal advice, I am not a lawyer, this is not personal advice, and cannot be relied upon in court or otherwise.

In addition to this: You should never attempt to go around or circumvent any country’s immigration laws. This is a crime, and you will be punished.

In short, the article suggested that there is now a refined capacity to go through social media and your online presence as a means of checking whether you should be allowed to come into the country.

So here’s my advice

Be careful what you post on social media, and what you do online.

If you are on Facebook groups posting questions about specific immigration nuances, you should instead be speaking to a lawyer directly.

If you are putting yourself online, advertising that you are looking for work before you have a Visa (for example), you are risking your future applications as this may be construed as you looking to stay and work on a non-work visa.

Take a moment and think about what you’re posting before you post it (and this applies not just to this, but in general). I see too many times clients and individuals having to scramble after posting something online that they shouldn’t have. If you don’t want the world to know it, do not ever post it online; anywhere.

My advice is this: Use this website for one to answer a lot of your questions. You will find FAQs at the bottom of most pages that I have compiled from questions asked online and in person so you can also use the search tool to get you some great answers (top right of the page).

If you have questions regarding immigration law, seek out a lawyer (click here to see who we recommend) and ask them directly. You do not want a question that casts doubt on how and why you are requesting to come into this country.

Use Google, do your research, and feel free to get in touch with me. I will however never provide any professional, legal, accounting, immigration, or personal advice. I can provide examples though of what I’ve done and point you in the direction of the professionals that you need to speak to!

Be safe!