Chapter 5 - Adjudication
USCIS officers may receive an application for a change of status to that of a foreign information media representative nonimmigrant, or a request from a foreign information media representative nonimmigrant to change employers or information medium.
The applicant applies for a change of status or extension of stay by filing an Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) together with evidence of current status and evidence from the employing media organization describing the employment and establishing that the applicant is a bona fide representative of that foreign media organization.
When reviewing a Form I-539 application involving a foreign information media representative, the officer must ensure the applicant:
Meets or continues to meet all the eligibility requirements for the foreign information media representative visa classification;
Is admissible to the United States;  and
Has not violated any terms or conditions of his or her current nonimmigrant status. 
If the applicant properly filed the Form I-539 application, meets all the eligibility requirements, and satisfies all the admission requirements, the officer may approve the application.
The table below provides a list of the classifications for foreign information media representatives. The code of admission is “I-1” for all eligible classes of applicants.
Code of Admission
Foreign Information Media Representative (Principal)
Spouse of a Principal Foreign Information Media Representative
Child of a Principal Foreign Information Media Representative
If the applicant does not provide sufficient evidence to establish eligibility for status as a foreign information media representative, the officer prepares a denial notice explaining the specific reasons for the denial. If USCIS denies an application, the applicant may file a Motion to Reopen and/or Reconsider (Form I-290B).
There is no appeal from a denial of an application to change status or extend stay as a foreign information media representative.  In certain situations, USCIS may certify the matter to the Administrative Appeals Office. 
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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”].
POLICY ALERT - Media Representatives (I) Nonimmigrant Visa ClassificationNovember 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.