March 8, 2022. 
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Media Visa - Eligibility and Application Process

Foreign media representatives traveling to the U.S. should consider a few rules in terms of visa choice. If you’re one of the group, keep in mind that journalists can't work in the U.S. on a visitor visa. It could seem convenient to enter the country on a visitor visa or the Visa Waiver Program. However, if you plan on working in your profession in the U.S., you’ll need the I Media visa. In other words, this visa type allows you to travel to the U.S. and report back home on the events you find relevant. 

Who is eligible and why?

First of all, you need to work at a non-U.S media establishment as a media worker. Coming to the U.S. will mean that you plan on making reports, stories, interviews, informative material, etc. for a non-U.S. media house in which you work. In addition, the I Media visa is a temporary visa that can be valid for up to five years. Hence, there are a couple of groups of eligible candidates for the I Media visa:

Accredited videomakers or producers
If you’re planning to shoot in the U.S. to create a documentary or video news report.

Accredited video producers
If you’re intending to produce or distribute a documentary or video news report made in the United States.

Foreign journalists
In case you are based in a foreign country and will produce content for the non-U.S. audience.

Accredited officers of travel centers
Your fieldwork in the U.S. needs to be partially or fully sponsored by a foreign government.

Foreign organization representatives
Your task in the U.S. is to work in the U.S. station of your organization to distribute applied information concerned with your area of work.

How to apply for the I visa?

Namely, the application process for the I Media visa is similar to any other U.S. non-immigrant visa application. Fill out and submit the DS-160 form. You’ll be required to attend your visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate in the country where you’re applying. More specifically, you need to have a valid passport, favorable background, and a relevant reason to travel to the United States. Yet, these don’t guarantee your visa approval, since the Consular Officer makes the final decision.

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