Chapter 2 - Eligibility
A foreign media representative is an alien who:
Is a bona fide representative of the foreign press, radio, film, or other foreign information media;
Has a home office in a foreign country whose government grants reciprocity for similar privileges to representatives with home offices in the United States; and
Seeks to enter or remain in the United States solely to engage in such a vocation. 
Aliens who meet the above definition may be eligible for classification as a foreign information media representative. Foreign information media representative nonimmigrants are admitted for the duration of their employment with the same foreign media organization in the same information medium. Foreign information media representatives must obtain authorization from USCIS to change employers or work in a different medium. 
Independent Production Companies 
Employees of independent production companies may also be eligible for foreign information media representative nonimmigrant status if, in addition to the above:
The employee holds a credential issued by a professional journalistic association;
The film or video footage produced will be used by a foreign-based television station or other media to disseminate information or news to a foreign audience; and
The film or video footage will not be used primarily for a commercial entertainment or advertising purpose.
1. [^] See 9 FAM 402.11, Information Media Representatives - I Visas. See Department of State’s website, indicating that “[a]ctivities in the United States must be informational in nature and generally associated with the news gathering process and reporting on current events.” See Chapter 3, Distinction between News and Entertainment [2 USCIS-PM K.3].
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Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”October 08, 2019
This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].
POLICY ALERT - Media Representatives (I) Nonimmigrant Visa ClassificationNovember 10, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the foreign information media representative nonimmigrant visa classification, commonly known as the “I” visa category.