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What Is a Visa?


Canadian visa for single entry.

A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to travel to, enter, transit or remain in a particular country. A visa does not guarantee entry. That remains the right of the immigration officials of the country concerned.

Some countries may ask visitors to present return tickets and evidence of means (availability of funds) to cover their intended stay. Some countries may refuse entry to visitors who do not comply with their requirements regarding general appearance and clothing.

The term “visa” is a shortening of a Latin phrase, carta visa, which means “the document has been seen.” Visas take a number of forms, ranging from tourist visas to immigration visas, and each type of visa has its own application process. For example, someone who wants to enter a country to do business would need to apply for a business visa, while someone who planned to relocate to a country would apply for an immigration visa which would allow them to enter the country and stay there for a set period of time while pursuing citizenship or residency permits.

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