Category I Visas

Foreign Media Representatives

Category I visas are issued to representatives of foreign information media, representatives of a foreign tourist bureau or film crew members holding professional journalism credentials and intending to work on news or non-commercial documentaries.

Category I Visas

Visas are only issued to those people involved in the newsgathering process. Therefore people involved in associated activities such as research, aren’t eligible.

All journalists must have an I visa when entering the US to work, even if they’re from a Visa Waiver Program country and staying for less than 90 days. Visas are issued on the basis of reciprocity and include spouses and unmarried children under 21. They’re issued for up to five years at a time and are renewable. It isn’t possible for a foreign journalist to change employers in the US without prior permission from the USCIS.

Visas are only issued to those people involved in the newsgathering process. Therefore people involved in associated activities such as research, aren’t eligible.

All journalists must have an I visa when entering the US to work, even if they’re from a Visa Waiver Program country and staying for less than 90 days. Visas are issued on the basis of reciprocity and include spouses and unmarried children under 21. They’re issued for up to five years at a time and are renewable. It isn’t possible for a foreign journalist to change employers in the US without prior permission from the USCIS.

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