American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An official authorization appended to a passport, permitting entry into and travel within a particular country or region.
- v. To endorse or ratify (a passport).
- v. To give a visa to.
- n. A permit to enter and leave a country, normally issued by the authorities of the country to be visited.
- v. transitive, dated To endorse (a passport, etc.).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See vis�.
- v. To indorse, after examination, with the word
visé, as a passport; to visé.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“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 .”
“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.”
“I have a valid FM3 visa, but no where in the visa is there an expiration date.”
“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.”
“The fee applies whether or not the visa is actually granted by the US government.”
“I think charging people over $100 for the courtesy of being denied a visa is also highway robbery.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Still, a consulate can advise on your best approach because your visa is going to be the biggest issue of all.”
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