Bona fide representatives of the foreign press,
radio, film, or other foreign information media,
who seek to enter the U.S. solely to engage in
such vocation may be admitted to the U.S. for
We assist companies, employees, and their accompanying
relatives in preparing the paperwork, and coordinate
matters between employer and employee. We guide
the parties through decisions regarding the appropriate
employer/employee relationship, necessary contracts,
job duties, financial requirements, extensions
of stay, and the eventual change from a temporary
“I” visa to another visa, appropriate.
We represent the parties before the INS the foreign
The I Visa Is Outlined Below.
I visas are available for persons acting as representatives
of foreign press, radio, film, or other foreign
information media, who have their “home
office” in a foreign country, and will be
engaged in news gathering activities in the U.S.
You are also eligible under this category if you:
1) will be engaged in the production or distribution
of film and/or video of an informational or educational
nature; 2) are a free lance journalist with a
credential issued by a professional journalistic
organization working under contract in the U.S.
to produce information or news; 3) are an employee
of a government-related foreign tourist bureau
which disseminates factual tourist information;
4) are an employee of an office which distributes
technical industrial information. Representatives
of promotional trade missions engaged in commercial/economic
activities are excluded from this category.
I Visa Privileges:
• You can come to the U.S. and work legally
for a foreign-based media company.
• Visas may be issued to accompanying
• Visas are available for essential support
personnel of press representatives, as well
as independent production companies, such as
reporters, film crews, and video tape editors.
• You may travel freely in and out of
the U.S. for the term of the visa.
• You do not have to prove that you intend
to return to your home country residence when
your business in the U.S. is completed.
I Visa Prerequisites
• You must prove that you are a duly accredited
employee or representative of: 1) a bona fide
foreign media company, 2) an independent production
company, 3) a government tourist bureau, or
4) an organization which distributes industrial
or technical information.
• Your work must be related to news and
information; those seeking to engage in commercial
entertainment and advertising are excluded.
• Non-essential support personnel, such
as proofreaders, may not qualify for the I visa.
• You are obligated to work only for the
U.S. employer who petitioned for your I visa.
• The I visa will be issued for the term