For Artists & Entertainers
I Nonimmigrant Visa for Representatives of Foreign Media
In order to qualify in the I visa category, the you must:
- Represent a foreign information media outlet (e.g., press, radio, film, print or other foreign information media);
- Intend to engage in this profession in the United States; and
- Maintain a home office in a foreign country.
An initial I visa application must be filed directly at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad, with future extensions filed either abroad or with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). I visas can be granted for an initial period necessary to complete the reporting assignment, and can be extended as necessary. The I visa allows the beneficiary to work only for the foreign media employer and does not allow other employment in the U.S. The beneficiary may change employers by filing an I transfer petition with USCIS or by applying for a new I visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.
Spouses and children of I visa holders are classified as I “dependents.” Holders of I “dependent” status are
notentitled to work in the United States.