Definition of visa in US English:

visa

noun

  • An endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country.

    ‘a tourist visa’
    ‘the Home Office has extended her visa’
    ‘an exit visa’
    as modifier ‘US visa restrictions’
    • ‘Their trip was blocked even though they had all the necessary permits, visas and plane tickets.’
    • ‘British passport holders don't require visas if staying less than 60 days.’
    • ‘He had a British passport and did not need a visa to enter Canada, he said.’
    • ‘He said he has only worked in Europe with business visas, which allow stays of 90 days.’
    • ‘Students were issued with student visas, which allowed them to work part time for up to 20 hours a week.’
    • ‘Two years after his release, he was granted a tourist visa and fled to Germany.’
    • ‘The visas could allow the bearer to travel freely within the European Union.’
    • ‘The visas allow people to work for any employer in Ireland, for a maximum of two years.’
    • ‘This rule, by the way, does not apply to routine tourist and non immigrant visa holders.’
    • ‘Dumai is a port where citizens from most countries can enter Indonesia without a visa.’
    • ‘I would like to think they are currently New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent residence visas.’
    • ‘How had he been able to travel to Australia in May on a tourist visa, using his own name and passport?’
    • ‘I now have a restricted visa which allows me work in certain limited areas.’
    • ‘They will be eligible to stay in Thailand as short stay business operators rather than be issued tourist visas.’
    • ‘The Commonwealth legislates on who does or does not get a visa to enter Australia.’
    • ‘The new office is aimed at helping foreign patients with their visas whilst staying the hospital.’
    • ‘Changes to the working visa regulations have allowed Moorby to finally get his man.’
    • ‘A number of freelance journalists are understood to be planning to enter the country on tourist visas.’
    • ‘The agency said the visas allowed them to work for a company in Houston, not in San Antonio.’
    • ‘The passports were replaced with clean documents, and the men applied for visas to enter the US.’
    authorization, licence, pass, voucher, ticket, warrant, document, certification
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Origin

Mid 19th century: via French from Latin visa, past participle (neuter plural) of videre ‘to see’.

Pronunciation

visa

/ˈvizə//ˈvēzə/