Representatives of Foreign Media

United States
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You may be eligible for the I, Representatives of Foreign Media, nonimmigrant visa, if you:

  • Represent a foreign information media outlet (press, radio, film, or other foreign information media).
  • Are coming to the United States to engage solely in this profession.
  • Have a home office in a foreign country.

Occupations under this category include reporters, film crews, editors, and similar occupations. Any spouse and children under the age of 21 may accompany or follow to join an I nonimmigrant.

Application Process:

You can apply for an I visa at an American Embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence. The Department of State establishes visa application processing and issuance fees. For detailed application instructions, see the Department of State’s page.

As a representative of foreign media, you cannot travel to the U.S. and engage in your profession without an I Non-immigrant visa, even if you are a citizen of a country that participates in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you attempt to travel to the U.S. without the appropriate visa, you may be denied admission by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the port of entry (airport, seaport, or land border). There are limited instances under which you, as a foreign media representative, may be eligible to travel with a visitor’s visa. See the Department of State’s page for more information.



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Eligibility Requirements

5 Eligibility Requirements for Representatives of Foreign Media

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You must represent a foreign information media outlet.
  • You need a work contract, Journalistic accreditation, Press card and Past published articles.
  • You should be in of good health.
  • You should be of good character.

Document Requirements

7 Document Required for Representatives of Foreign Media

  • Your valid passport.
  • Your Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Receipts which prove you have paid all applicable fees.
  • Letter from your employer describing the purpose of your stay in the U.S which must fall into the I visa activities. In addition, the letter should detail your length of stay, and the duration of your work contract, as well as your personal information.
  • Your qualifications which ensure you fall into the I visa category: Work contracts, Journalistic accreditation, Press card, and Past published articles.
  • Medical documents proving you are in good health.
  • Documents proving you have no past criminal record.

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