The I visa is available to individuals who represent foreign media, wish to come to the U.S. for such professional purposes and have an office in another country. The I visa is a specific type of visa, not to be confused with other visas based on employment. Here are some facts about I visas that you should know if you are interested in obtaining one.
Who is eligible for the I visa?
The I visa is a non-immigrant visa, meaning that it does not provide permanent resident status in the U.S. To qualify for the I visa, the applicant must prove that such permission to enter the U.S. is necessary to fulfill their professional duties. The ultimate decision is left to a professional working at the U.S. consular office in the country of origin. The spouse and/or children under 21 years of age can also apply for the I visa although they cannot use it to legally work while in the U.S.
How long does the I visa allow visa holders to stay in the U.S.?
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry will determine if, and for how long, you can stay in the country. In most cases, the I visa will stay good as long as you stay in the employ of the media organization listed on the visa application. In some cases, a limited period of stay may be listed on Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.
Members of the media who must enter the United States to do their jobs, and their dependent family members, are the beneficiaries of the I visa. Individuals who wish to apply for an I visa should contact our office today to speak with an immigration attorney who is familiar with the requirements.