I visas for journalists and media representatives
The “I” Media Visa is a non-immigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States as representatives of foreign press, radio, film or other foreign information media. This includes visitors whose activities are essential to the foreign information media function, for example, media reporters, media film crews, video tape editors, and persons in similar occupations.
Spouses and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) may also apply for the same visa category to accompany or join the principal applicant. Principal applicants must be able to show that they will be able to financially support their family in the United States.
Application procedures for I visas
- Complete the DS-160 online application available at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and print the confirmation page (to bring to the interview)
- Create an account on this website: https://usvisa-info.com;
- Pay the non-refundable MRV fee online;
- Schedule an interview appointment with a consular office.
- Attend your interview appointment and bring all pertinent documentation:
- Confirmation page of form DS-160
- Valid passport;
- One passport size photo for each visa applicant, including infants (see the “Photo Requirements” webpage);
- Employment contract and letter from the employer on letterhead (original) showing the personal data of the applicant, the specific duties and the intended length of stay.
- Official press credentials issued by a professional journalistic association.
- Documentation that demonstrates social, economic, and family ties to Italy. Such documents might include: original residence permit for foreigners, certificate of residence, family status, marriage certificate, contract of sale or lease of property, employment contract, last pay slips, tax returns, bank statement, etc…
- If you did not select home delivery with DHL through https://usvisa-info.com, you also have the choice of choosing passport delivery through MBE. You may contact an MBE location as described below:
- If you apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Embassy in Rome: Via di Santa Maria Maggiore, 164, Roma 00184, Contact: Tel. 06 47824139 OR email. email@example.com
- If you apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Florence: Via San Gallo, 61/R, Firenze (Italy), 50129, Tel: +39 0554630418 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.mbe.it/0288
- If you apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan: Via Moscova 13, Milano 20121, Contact: Tel. 02-2900-2245 OR email. email@example.com
- If you apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples: inform the Consular Section staff the day of your interview and contact MBE for payment instructions.
- If approved, the visa is issued within two or three working days. The passport will be then returned according to the option you select.
- If the visa is denied, your passport will be returned to you at the conclusion of the interview, along with a letter explaining the reasons for the visa refusal.