A media visa is regarded as a non-immigrant visa because it is issued to the representatives of foreign media including members of: newspapers, radio, television, print industries, film crews, editors etc. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security during 2012, there were 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States, 44,472 (0.1%) of these admissions were media visas .
The common requirement for the applicants is to come to the U.S. Temporarily. The applicant must have the intention to return to his/her home country and be engaged in informational or educational media activities.
Applying process involves several steps:
Step 2. Book an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live
Step 3. Pay the non-refundable visa application fee of $160
Step 4. Gather the required documentation.
There are no time limits for the I visa in general. Usually, the consular officer at the appropriate U.S. Consulate will decide upon visa validity. Most of all it is issued for the period of time until your project or job will be completed. Usually I visas are issued for a period of 5 years.
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