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The I visa–popularly known as the media visa—is a nonimmigrant visa for foreign media personnel temporarily traveling to the United States to work there while maintaining their permanent office in their home country. Under U.S immigration law, the applicant has to meet very specific requirements in order to qualify for an I visa. Lack of proper knowledge about I visa requirements and confusion about legal laws involved with it often give rise to questions like those answered by Experts below.

What are the requirements for making an I visa application?

In order to apply for an I visa, the applicant must be a member of the foreign media coming to the U.S. specifically to engage in work related to his/her job as a foreign media professional. Someone who intends to get hired by a U.S. media outlet cannot apply for an I visa.

Is an I visa holder legally permitted to receive payment in the U.S. for work done in the U.S.?

According to U.S. immigration law, a person working in the U.S. on an I visa cannot be paid there. Since an I visa is not a work visa, the person cannot be paid by a U.S. company and should be paid in the employer in their home country.

Can an I visa holder apply for a Green Card? If yes, what are the requirements to do so?

Yes, an I visa holder can apply for Green Card. While the I visa is a temporary visa and does not require any form of sponsorship. However, a Green Card is a permanent work visa. To apply for a Green Card, there must be a U.S. employer willing to sponsor the applicant.

Is it possible for a F1 visa holder to change it to an I visa?

It is not possible to change an existing F-1 visa to an I visa. An I visa must be obtained from the applicant’s home country. It is not possible to change the status of any other visa to an I visa from within the U.S. Once you have an I visa you can apply for an extension but you cannot get the I visa while in the U.S.

Is it legal for an I visa holder to work on another job in addition to the one with the foreign media company with which the visa holder is under contract? Would work besides I visa-related work be a violation of the terms of the I visa?

As an I visa holder, the applicant is only allowed to work for the employer with which he/she was under contract at the time of application. In order to work on any other project or job in the U.S., the person must get a specific work authorization. If he/she is working on any other job without the proper visa and authorization, he/she would be working illegally.

When applying for an I visa, applicants may be confused about such things as visa requirements or the legal rules visa extension. It is important to have a clear sense of the requirements for the I visa and the right application procedure before beginning. When you are unsure, it may be suitable to ask for Expert advice to help you with your I visa application and to provide you with clear insights about immigration laws.
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