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I Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is I visa?

An I visa, is a nonimmigrant visa which allows bona fide foreign nationals who are the representatives of foreign press, radio, film, or other foreign information media to enter the U.S. in connection with the production of documentaries or newsworthy events.


Who are eligible for I visa?

Reporters, film crews, video tape editors, employees of independent production companies, free-lance journalists working under contract, and persons in similar occupations are eligible for this visa. Both print and film activities are included in this category. The media which you are representing should have an office in your home country.

Although the production companies are not themselves affiliated with a newspaper or electronic news medium, as the companies' employees, you may be accorded I visa.

Note: Only those who are actually involved in the newsgathering process are eligible (proofreaders, librarians, or set designers are not eligible).

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How do I qualify for I visa?

To qualify for I visa, you must:

  • Hold a credential issued by a professional journalistic association
  • Produce a film which will be used by a television station or other media to disseminate information or news
  • Produce a film which will not be used primarily for commercial entertainment or advertising purpose
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