Visas for Members of the Media (I)
If a journalist or media representative will go to the United States to engage in media activities, s/he may apply for an "I" visa. An "I" visa may be used to film, record or videotape material for educational purposes. For entertainment films or commercial-type videos, one will need a nonimmigrant temporary work (H) visa.
The spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old of the I visa holder are entitled to derivative status in the same classification as the principal alien if they seek to accompany or "follow to join" the primary visa holder.
How To Apply
To apply, please check the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Procedures page. In addition to the basic documentary requirements, as specified on the application procedures Step 2, the applicant must submit/comply with the following additional documentary requirements:
For Principal Applicants
- Original documents concerning purpose of trip including a letter from the United States
- Certificate of employment or a valid contract of employment for work
- Sample portfolio
- Copy of principal’s nonimmigrant I visa
- In some cases, additional documents may be requested.
- All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted, unless specified. The applicant must submit these documents to the interviewing consular officer during the interview. The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents before the interview. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed. Please note, however, that presentation of the documents will not guarantee visa issuance. Applicants must still qualify for the type of visa being sought.
Please feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
Last Update :: 01/27/2010
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit (NIV) is open for business Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on U.S. and Philippine Holidays.