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)

Examples of visa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Passports from those countries allow visa-free travel to more than 100 countries. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "More Iranians 'buying' passports in other countries to evade U.S travel ban, sanctions," 29 Aug. 2018 Indeed, 40 percent of undocumented immigrants are ones who simply overstayed their temporary visas in the country. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Trump's Wall Won't Work," 22 Feb. 2019 While Chinese may travel to Tibet at will, foreigners are required to obtain a special permit in addition to their Chinese visas. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries," 19 Feb. 2019 Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump’s parents, have been living in the U.S. with green cards but officially became U.S. citizens on Thursday, August 9, by obtaining their visas through the sponsorship of their daughter, CNN reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump’s Parents Just Became U.S. Citizens Through a Process Donald Trump Opposed," 10 Aug. 2018 Premium processing gives companies an answer on their H-1B visa applications in 15 days. Leonardo Castaneda, The Seattle Times, "Faster processing available again for H-1B visas," 28 Jan. 2019 He also is accused of violating immigration laws for allegedly making false statements in visa applications. John R. Ellement,, "Wellesley man arrested in alleged export plot tied to marine equipment," 6 July 2018 Markle went incognito to get her U.K. visa application, and Prince Harry has been #sheddingforthewedding. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Chosen a Wedding Photographer," 13 Apr. 2018 Meghan Markle reportedly made a secret trip back to Chicago this week to finalize her U.K. visa application. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Made a Secret Trip Back to the States," 13 Apr. 2018

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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