vi·​sa | \ ˈvē-zə How to pronounce visa (audio) also -sə How to pronounce visa (audio) \

Definition of visa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed
2 : a signature of formal approval by a superior upon a document


visaed\ ˈvē-​zəd How to pronounce visaed (audio) , -​səd \; visaing\ ˈvē-​zə-​iŋ How to pronounce visaing (audio) , -​sə-​ \

Definition of visa (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a visa to (a passport)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The event will also include a discussion of a visa program the Trump administration is expanding, which could benefit Cleveland’s economy. Mary Kilpatrick,, "Global Cleveland plans Welcoming Week in September to celebrate immigrants," 16 Aug. 2019 Even large South American nations like Peru, which along with Trinidad recently implemented visa restrictions on Venezuelan nationals, are beginning to buckle under the weight of the migrant flow. Safiya Charles, The New Republic, "Trump’s Venezuela Policy Is Causing Turmoil in the Caribbean," 9 Aug. 2019 Orlando area developers will be scrambling over the next four months to raise capital from international investors before new Trump Administration regulations for the EB-5 visa program take effect Nov. 21, according to a report in GrowthSpotter. Laura Kinsler,, "New Trump foreign investment rules make Orlando developers scramble," 31 July 2019 Related raised over $600 million for Hudson Yards through the EB-5 visa program, which gives foreign investors residency status. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the megadevelopment era shapes cities today," 30 July 2019 These range from visa restrictions and asset freezes, which would not do significant damage to the Turkish economy, to bans on transactions with American banks, which could have a catastrophic effect. P.z. | Istanbul, The Economist, "Turkey’s row with America over Russian military hardware," 26 July 2019 Tarim’s charter school network in Texas did bring in teachers from Turkey through the H1-B visa program---allowing entry to immigrants to fill jobs with specialized knowledge. Trisha Powell Crain |,, "Rural charter school stokes religious fears, roils community in Alabama," 21 July 2019 Chinese students abroad were urged Monday to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions. Times Wire Reports,, "China warns against U.S. travel, threatening luxury goods makers that rely on tourists," 4 June 2019 Chinese students abroad were urged on Monday to assess the risks involved given tightened visa restrictions. Washington Post, "China issues US travel alert warning of official harassment," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Infosys and its larger rival, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., also face a U.S. administration that’s cracking down on the work visas the companies need to serve key American clients. Fortune, "Infosys Offers to Buy Back $2 Billion of Shares as CEO Quits," 19 Aug. 2017 Palmer accused Infosys of illegally using business visitor visas known as B-1 to fill positions in the United States. Moni Basu, CNN, "Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of visa


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for visa


French, from Latin, neuter plural of visus, past participle

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English Language Learners Definition of visa

: an official mark or stamp on a passport that allows someone to enter or leave a country usually for a particular reason


vi·​sa | \ ˈvē-zə, -sə How to pronounce visa (audio) \

Legal Definition of visa

: an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed

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