Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An official authorization appended to a passport, permitting entry into and travel within a particular country or region.
  • transitive v. To endorse or ratify (a passport).
  • transitive v. To give a visa to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A permit to enter and leave a country, normally issued by the authorities of the country to be visited.
  • v. To endorse (a passport, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See vis�.
  • transitive v. To indorse, after examination, with the word visé, as a passport; to visé.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide (a passport) with a visa
  • v. approve officially
  • n. an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it

Etymologies

French, short for Latin (carta) vīsa, (the document has been) seen, from feminine past participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From 1831, "official signature or endorsement on a passport," from French visa, from Latin charta visa (meaning "paper that has been seen") from feminine perfect passive of Latin videre ("to see"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the same time the Israelis have stressed before the American authorities their well-known position to make sure that the State Department refuse a visa of entry to Isam Sartawi, Sabri Jeries and Mrs. Hamami, the widow of the late Said Hamami [who was assassinated in London in December 1977 by Iraqi agents because of his open advocacy of peace on the basis of a Palestinian state alongside Israel] in case they request such visa….

    The Palestinian Position: An Exchange

  • It also appears from the Hebrew (and not accurately reflected in the translation) that the visa is a specialized one (a “Nuclear Research Visa”) subject to more discretion that a regular entry visa.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » U.S. Denying Entry Visas to People Who Work on Israel’s Dimona Nuclear Reactor?

  • I have a valid FM3 visa, but no where in the visa is there an expiration date.

    FM3 Rumor du jour

  • Now, they want that included in what they call visa VIPER cables that are sent to Washington, and they include information on potentially suspicious people.

    CNN Transcript Dec 31, 2009

  • The fee applies whether or not the visa is actually granted by the US government.

    Charge for Mexican passport?

  • I think charging people over $100 for the courtesy of being denied a visa is also highway robbery.

    Frustrated and Sad - anything to do?

  • Usually the visa is approved for a maximum period of 90 days if you arrive in Mexico by plane for a vacation, after which it can be renewed for an additional 90 days at any Mexican Immigration office.

    Visa and entry requirements: 2008 immigration update

  • They claim that the fame of Visa, the credit card, has so outstripped the fame of "visa," the English word, that anyone who names a company or product "visa" (even, presumably, a book called "How to Get an American H1B Work-Visa") is ripping off their intellectual property.

    Boing Boing: November 10, 2002 - November 16, 2002 Archives

  • One of the primary criteria in granting a visitor visa is proving the applicant intends to return to Mexico and does not intend to immigrate.

    visa for wife

  • Still, a consulate can advise on your best approach because your visa is going to be the biggest issue of all.

    Moving to Mexico and looking for help

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