General Visa Information – Not
Types of Visa
Every country in the world has different
categories of visas and with various
different names. The most common names
and types of visas include:
Transit visa - This is a visa for
the purpose of passing through a country
to a destination outside that country.
Validity is usually limited by short.
Short-stay visa - A visa for the
purpose of short visits or holiday to
the host country. There can be different
sub catagories such as:
- Private visa, for a private visits by
means of an invitation from residents of
- Tourist visa, for the purpose of
holiday and leisure travel.
- Medical Visa, for the purpose of
medical reasons such as treatment in a
hospital in the host country.
- Business visa, for the purpose of
engaging in business in the host
Long-stay visa - A visa for the
purpose longer stays in a country but
still finite stays. There can be
different sub catagories such as:
- Student visa, for the purpose of study
in the issuing country.
- Temporary worker visa, for the purpose
of approved employment in the issuing
- Journalist visa, for the purpose of
the occupation of journalist.
- Residence visa, for the purpose of
obtaining long-term residence in the
- Immigrant visa, for the purpose of
immigration to the issuing.
- Spousal visa or partner visa, issued
to the spouse, partner or de facto
partner of a resident or citizen of the
issuing country, to be able to settle as
- Marriage visa, for the purpose of
intended marriage or civil partnership
in the issuing country.
- Pensioner or Retirement visa, for the
purpose of retiering in the issuing
Official visa - This is a visa
given too officials doing a job for
their government or representing their
home countrie in the issuing country.
This can be personnel of diplomatic
- Diplomatic visa for holders of
Visa - Entry and duration period
Visas can be for multiple entries into
the host country or for a single-entry.
Single Entry Visa - means the
visa is for a single entry and canceled
as soon you leaves the said country
Double-entry, or multiple-entry
Visa’s which permits you double or
multiple entries into the host country
or territory with the same visa.
Some countries sometimes also issue
re-entry permits. A re-entry permit
allows you to temporarily leave the
country without invalidating your
In most cases a business visa will
normally not allow you to engage in
working in the host country without an
additional obtained work permit.
For some countries, the authorized
period of stay of a visa is not the same
as the validity of the visa.
For example, when a visa has been issued
to start at April 1 and to expire on
July 1, and the authorized period of
stay is 90 days, then the 90-day
authorized stay begins when you enter
the country (the entrance must be
between April 1 and July 1). Thus, the
latest day you could stay in the country
is maximum 90 days from the date you
entered the country within the validity
period of April 1 to July 1. So if you
enter the country on May 1 you can not
stay the maximum authorized 90 days
since you have to leave the country on
Even when you have a visa, this does not
guarantee you that you may entry the
host country. The immigration at the
border crossing will make the final
determination to allow you to enter or
not. They can even cancel your visa at
the border if you ar not able to
demonstrate to their satisfaction that
you will abide by the status the visa
granted to you.