The I visa is a vital tool for connecting all nations as the international community moves toward increasing globalization. The I visa is available to members of the media, such as reporters, freelance journalists, and film crew members. I visas are available to persons only to work for a foreign media outlet, or a U.S.-based subsidiary of a foreign media company.
I visas are only available to those who are based in their home country, and intend to return home after their job has been completed. The I visa applicant must prove:
- That his or her stay in the U.S. will be temporary.
- That he or she will have sufficient funds to stay in the U.S.
- That he or she intends to return to the home country after the work has been completed.
The I visa holder's spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible for derivative I status. Applicants for the derivative I visa must include a copy of the media employee's I visa.