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I Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What privileges do I enjoy on I visa?

On I visa, you may:

  • Enter the U.S. and work for a foreign press, films, television or any other media for a temporary period
  • Not be required to maintain a foreign residence
  • Travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. continuously for the term of production
  • Apply for dependent visas available for your spouse as well as unmarried dependant children under 21

What are the limitations of I visa?

The limitations of I visa are:

  • Tedious process of getting an extension every year
  • Dependents cannot work in the U.S. in dependent status
  • Employment authorization only for the employer that submitted the I visa application for which the USCIS granted approval

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How long can I stay in the U.S. on I visa?

There is no limit on the length of your stay in the U.S. You can stay for an unlimited period with one year I visa extensions as long as you continue in the same position for which you were granted the I visa.


Can I study on I visa?

Yes, you may study on I visa. However, you cannot join a full length program like an F-1. You can take up a few credits at a University when they do not harm the primary interest of the visa.

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