Certificate issued or a stamp marked (on the applicant's passport) by the immigration authorities of a country to indicate that the applicant's credentials have been verified and he or she has been granted permission to enter the country for a temporary stay within a specified period. This permission, however, is provisional and subject to the approval of the immigration officer at the entry point. The common types of visas include: (1) Single entry visa: valid only for one visit. (2) Multiple entry visa: allows any number of visits within its validity period.
(3) Business visa: for a short visit to conduct discussions, negotiations, and/or presentations, but not to take up employment. (4) Tourist visa: allows freedom to move around the country and briefly cross its frontiers to another country and return. (5) Residence visa: allows an extended stay but does not grant permission to take up employment. (6) Work visa: gives the permission to stay and take up employment, for a specific job and only for a limited period. Called also work permit. (7) Electronic visa: permission recorded in a computer instead of being issued as a certificate or stamp.

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  • The company I worked for paid for me to get a visa so that I could travel to other countries in order to give speeches.

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  • When traveling to most countries outside of the united states you will need to get a visa, the length of time you are permitted to stay depends on the country, and you want to be sure and get this taken care of ahead of time so you don't get stuck at immigration.

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  • My friend wanted to visit and after the plane ticket and accommodation the only other factor to consider was legally entering the country so he needed to obtain a visa.

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