What are the requirements for a journalist visa?
To be eligible, you must meet the following I visa requirements:
- Be a representative of any information media of your home country;
- Be engaged in the production or distribution of projects aimed at reporting events;
- Not be filming projects of “commercial or entertainment value”;
- Have an office located outside the U.S.;
- Be from a country whose government grants similar reciprocity to media representatives from the U.S.;
- Intend to enter the U.S. solely for work-related purposes.
Members of the media engaged in staged events, such as television shows or sports performances, are not eligible for a journalist visa. As a general rule, merely filming a live event with no editorial content, is not appropriate for a U.S. media visa.
If you are working for a foreign branch of a U.S. network, you can still apply for a media visa. However, your aim must be to report your story to an external audience.