Foreign journalists, reporters, editors, and educational film, television and radio personnel seeking entry into the United States must apply for I visa classification. An I visa applicant must prove he/she is a bona fide representative of foreign media whose activities are essential to the functions of a foreign media information organization. Applicants must also prove they are entering the United States for foreign media purposes.
If the applicant is lawfully present in the United States, I visas are issued as a change of status; or if the applicant is outside the United States, through a U.S embassy. In determining whether or not to grant an I visa, consular officers will often consider whether the applicant’s own government affords similar privileges to U.S representatives of the media.
To qualify for this type, a foreign national must:
- Represent a foreign media outlet
- Be traveling to the U.S. solely for foreign media purposes
- Have a home office in a foreign country
This visa is generally issued for only 1 year with the possibility of extensions. Immediate family members (spouse and children under the age of 21) of I visa holders are eligible to apply for I classification but do not have permission to work in the U.S. However, I visa family members may study in the United States without having to apply for a F-1 nonimmigrant student visa.
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