Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a phone consultation, video conference or in-person meeting is appropriate for your situation.
Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a phone consultation, video conference or in-person meeting is appropriate for your situation.
When Your Success Depends On Effective Immigration Services

Serving The Chicago Area Into Wisconsin

Schaumburg Office
Madison Office

Chicago Office

Facts for foreign journalists seeking I visas to the U.S.

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Blog |

Illinois residents appreciate the value of global reporting. If you work for a foreign information media office and want to enter the U.S. solely to work in this profession, you might qualify. Foreign media representatives may be eligible for I visas if they meet specific U.S. government criteria. If approved for an I visa, your spouse and minor children under 21 years old can accompany you.

Following the requirements for the I visa will ensure lawful entry for the allotted time. The occupations for the I visa are reporters, film crew, editors and other related jobs. The U.S. embassy will determine if your submitted documentation meets the standards for the I visa. Immigration is a complex process, and the United States exercises complete discretion when issuing non-immigrant visas.

Essential facts you should know about I visas

You must have a valid, unexpired I visa to continue to work and remain in the United States. You must have a valid non-immigrant visa even if your country is one of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program countries. You cannot travel to the U.S. without the proper visa, or you could be detained, deported and denied your I visa application.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will check your visa at port entries, and only valid visa holders will get through. You might be permitted access with a visitor’s travel visa in some instances. Check with your Department of State or U.S. Consulate to obtain the most recent and accurate information for planned immigration to the U.S.

How long can you remain in the U.S. with an I visa?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will validate your entry into the United States. Your Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, will be stamped with your authorized period of stay.

You’re not required to file an extended stay request if you continue to work in the same media outlet and for the same employer. If your specific visa includes a specified end date, then a Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, will be required for an extension.

FindLaw Network