visa

noun
vi·​sa | \ˈvē-zə also -sə \

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

visa

verb
visaed\ˈvē-​zəd, -​səd \; visaing\ˈvē-​zə-​iŋ, -​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

Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old Floridian with Palestinian grandparents, reportedly arrived at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. Fox News, "US graduate student detained in Israel for alleged pro-Palestinian boycott support," 9 Oct. 2018 Butina came to the United States in 2016 on a student visa and graduated with a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., according to her LinkedIn page. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Was Charged With Conspiring Against the United States as a Secret Agent," 18 July 2018 Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant grad student shocked by abrupt Army discharge," 6 July 2018 Otto Frank subsequently applied for a visa to Cuba, but his application was cancelled four days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Anne Frank’s Family Tried to Escape to the United States, New Research Shows," 6 July 2018 To be eligible for military service, immigrants need some sort of legal status, like a student visa. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The U.S. Army Is Abruptly Discharging Immigrant Enlistees Previously Headed Toward Citizenship, Lawyers Say," 6 July 2018 Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. CBS News, "U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP," 6 July 2018 Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke, chicagotribune.com, "Immigrant PhD candidate rocked by sudden U.S. Army discharge," 6 July 2018 In addition, Germany will pass an immigration law by the end of the year that gives would-be immigrants the chance to apply for a work visa. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals," 5 July 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

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for visa

Noun

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

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visa

noun

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

visa

noun
vi·​sa | \ˈvē-zə, -sə \

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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