I Visas

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

  1. Complete the DS-160 online application available at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and print the confirmation page (to bring to the interview)
  2. Create an account on this website: https://usvisa-info.com;
  3. Pay the non-refundable MRV fee online;
  4. Schedule an interview appointment with a consular office.
  5. 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…
  6. If approved, the visa is issued within two or three working days, and the passport is forwarded to DHL. After a maximum of another three working days, the passport will be available for collection at the DHL location selected during the online registration process (on average about five working days after the interview). If you select the home delivery option, delivery will take a few business days longer.
  7. Once your passport is at the DHL location, you will receive an e-mail by DHL with instructions on how to pick it up.
  8. 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.