I Visa

The I Visa is also referred to as the I Media Visa or I Visa for Members of the Foreign Media, Press, and Radio.

Every person who is a representative of foreign media and wants to come to the U.S. to carry out, professional activities for their organisation, needs to apply for the I Visa. Even if you currently hold another type of U.S. visa, you will not be allowed to legally work for a foreign media company without first obtaining the I Visa.

In order to be eligible for the I Visa, the activities of the organisation you act on behalf of need to be informational in nature and serve primarily to report on news and events. To be eligible for the I Visa, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You represent a foreign media company, be it press, radio, film, or any other information media.
  • The sole purpose of your visit to the U.S. is to work in this profession.
  • The organisation you represent has a home office abroad.

Examples of occupations that fall under this category and can apply for the I Visa include but are not limited to radio broadcasters, journalists, film crews, or editors.

If you engage in creative activities that are not associated with journalism, for example, if you are a writer or an entertainer, you will not be able to apply for the I Visa. If you are a freelancer, you might be eligible for the I Visa if you have a contract with a professional media organisation.

During the application process, a representative of a U.S. Embassy will determine whether your profession makes you eligible for the I Visa.


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