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Photographer Visa [from non immigrant tourist Visa Waiver Program]

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Hello.

I'm a french freelance photographer incorporated in France. My nationality is French and I don't want to change it. I would like to make some photographic and video works for US clients and I would like to know if it's possible with the visa waiver I currently own.

I'm thinking not. So what do you think I have to do? I can ask for sure to let my US clients to pay through Paypal or equivalent. But I will prefer to get an american bank account, and for this I need a Visa I think. Does freelance photographer [not news photoreporter] can be considered as an artist then go apply for a special visa like the Athlete ones? Does anybody has already encountered this kind of situation for a freelance photographer or movie director to work for 2 months in USA for an US client ?

Yours

Chris

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There isn't one.

If your clients want to employ you, they could look at an H1b, something they need to discuss with their immigration lawyers.


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You can do what you want to do with a B-1 visa. A wide shot would be the I-visa, but I'm not sure you would qualify:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1276.html


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He can not work on a B, or the VWP which is the same for this purpose.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Agree with Boiler he OP cannot work for a client in US on Bor VWP visa. That would be fraud I was surrised to see Bob recommend something like that.

It would be totally illegal, there is some kinda visa if he was going to do some work for a French client in US (ex. movie directors come from various countries to shoot in US and they go back)

If OP wants to work from American client then he needs to have a proper Visa.

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