Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background

A. Purpose

The foreign information media representative nonimmigrant visa classification, commonly known as the “I” visa category, is intended to be used by representatives of the foreign media, including members of the following industries: 

  • Press;

  • Radio;

  • Film; and

  • Print. 

In addition, certain employees of independent production companies may also be eligible for a foreign information media representative visa classification under certain conditions. 

B. Background

The foreign information media representative visa classification was created by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952 [1] in order to facilitate the exchange of information among nations. Foreign information media representatives do not require a visa petition approved by USCIS. Consular officers with the U.S. Department of State primarily adjudicate benefit requests for foreign information media representatives during the nonimmigrant visa application process. USCIS generally only receives a request for this visa classification when a nonimmigrant applies for a change of status or an extension of stay as a foreign information media representative. 

C. Legal Authorities

Footnotes


1. [^] See Pub. L. 82-414 (PDF), 66 Stat. 163, 168-169 (June 27, 1952). 

8 CFR 214.2(i) - Representatives of information media

INA 101(a)(15)(I) - Representatives of foreign media

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Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

October 08, 2019

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].

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POLICY ALERT - Media Representatives (I) Nonimmigrant Visa Classification

November 10, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the foreign information media representative nonimmigrant visa classification, commonly known as the “I” visa category.

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