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 Foreign journalists need press passes issued by the foreign ministry to qualify for visas to report in the country. Nick Wadhams,, "U.S. Considers Expelling Chinese Journalists After Americans Barred," 10 May 2020 Over 67% of the total 275,000 electronic registrations for H-1B visas in fiscal year 2021 are from India, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on April 1. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Two-thirds of H1-B visa applications this year are from Indians," 2 Apr. 2020 Kanter also spoke in Congress, appealing for US visas for Syrian Kurds displaced by Turkey's ground campaign against ISIS, according to the Washington Post. Motez Bishara, CNN, "A fierce critic of Turkey, Enes Kanter has more than just losing the NBA season on his mind," 2 Apr. 2020 In such cases, immigrants applying for immigration visas and other benefits in the future will be required to provide explanation with relevant supporting documentation. Javier Arce, azcentral, "Immigrants in a pandemic: Coronavirus answers for immigrant and Spanish-language communities," 27 Mar. 2020 After Kristallnacht, the U.S. Consulate in Berlin alone received 160,000 applications for visas, but 77 percent of Americans opposed increasing the quotas. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 As the paper points out, there's precedent for special visas for particular skills. Wired, "Should AI Researchers Get Special Access to Visas?," 10 Sep. 2019 Instead, Huang, a sophomore who studies mathematical economics, was at home in Wuhan with his family, waiting for his student visa to be renewed. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Inside China’s reopening: A Wuhan college student still avoids restaurants and public transit," 4 May 2020 Also, Magnum makes one last bold move to help Higgins stay from being deported when her visa expires. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of May 3-9," 1 May 2020 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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“Visa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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