Visa in the United States

Historical Visa Definition

In civil law. The formula put upon an act; a register; a commercial book, in order to approve of it and authenticate it.

Visa Concept

See Visa in the legal Dictionaries here.

Presidential Memoranda

Presidential Memoranda regarding with Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century (November 21, 2014):

“Throughout our Nation’s history, immigrants have helped the United States build the world’s strongest economy. Immigrants represent the majority of our PhDs in math, computer science, and engineering, and over one quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign-born. Immigrants are also more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start a business in the United States. They have started one of every four American small businesses and high-tech startups, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

But despite the overwhelming contributions of immigrants to our Nation’s prosperity, our immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. To address this issue, my Administration has made commonsense immigration reform a priority, and has consistently urged the Congress to act to fix the broken system. Such action would not only continue our proud tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country, but also reduce Federal deficits, increase productivity, and raise wages for all Americans. Immigration reform is an economic, national security, and moral imperative.

Even as we continue to seek meaningful legislative reforms, my Administration has pursued administrative reforms to streamline and modernize the legal immigration system. We have worked to simplify an overly complex visa system, one that is confusing to travelers and immigrants, burdensome to businesses, and results in long wait times that negatively impact millions of families and workers. But we can and must do more to improve this system. Executive departments and agencies must continue to focus on streamlining and reforming the legal immigration system, while safeguarding the interest of American workers.

Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to modernize and streamline the U.S. immigration system, I hereby direct as follows:

Section 1. Recommendations to Improve the Immigration System. (a) Within 120 days of the date of this memorandum, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security (Secretaries), in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, and Education, shall develop:

(i) in consultation with private and nonfederal public actors, including business people, labor leaders, universities, and other stakeholders, recommendations to streamline and improve the legal immigration system — including immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing — with a focus on reforms that reduce Government costs, improve services for applicants, reduce burdens on employers, and combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the system;

(ii) in consultation with stakeholders with relevant expertise in immigration law, recommendations to ensure that administrative policies, practices, and systems use all of the immigrant visa numbers that the Congress provides for and intends to be issued, consistent with demand; and

(iii) in consultation with technology experts inside and outside the Government, recommendations for modernizing the information technology infrastructure underlying the visa processing system, with a goal of reducing redundant systems, improving the experience of applicants, and enabling better public and congressional oversight of the system.

(b) In developing the recommendations as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries shall establish metrics for measuring progress in implementing the recommendations and in achieving service-level improvements, taking into account the Federal Government’s responsibility to protect the integrity of U.S. borders and promote economic opportunity for all workers.”

Concept of Visa

A definition of Visa is provided here: a seal or endorsement made on a passport by the proper officials of a country which entitles the bearer to apply for entry into another country at the port of admission.

Concept of Visa

In relation to immigration and citizenship, Visa is defined as: A U.S. visa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in certain immigrant or nonimmigrant classifications. The Department of State is responsible for visa adjudication at U.S. Embassies and Consulates outside of the U.S. Inspectors at U.S. Customs and Border Protection determine admission into, length of stay in and conditions of stay in the U.S. at a port of entry.

Finding the law: Visa in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to visa, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines visa topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


See Also

Further Reading (Articles)

Visa to consolidate regions, go public.(Industry News), Cards & Payments; November 1, 2006

Visa Announces Plans to Conduct Own Stock IPO., ATM & Debit News; October 12, 2006;

Visa Celebrates 10 Years of Sponsoring the Toronto International Film Festival(TM) Visa(R) cardholders can access coveted tickets, world premiere films and the Visa Premiere Lounge, CCNMatthews Newswire; August 20, 2007

Visa Aims at Online Shoppers with Two E-Wallet Services, American Banker; July 6, 2010; Wolfe, Daniel

Visa Signs Agreement with ROAM, CPI Financial; February 26, 2013

Visa Names Post-Restructuring Board and Appoints Byron Pollitt, Jr. as CFO of Visa, Wireless News; September 2, 2007

Visa Teams With Fiserv, CashEdge In P2P Push.(News), Cardline; March 18, 2011

Visa Introduces Suite of Mobile Services for U.S. Financial Institutions., China Weekly News; February 21, 2012

Visa, MasterCard Weighed Merger, Exec Testifies, American Banker; August 3, 2000; Souccar, Miriam Kreinin

Visa Card, Everyday Finance: Economics, Personal Money Management, and Entrepreneurship; January 1, 2008

Visa U.S.A., Inc., Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns; January 1, 2007

Visa Strategy Manager Boosts Issuer Fraud Detection., China Weekly News; April 24, 201

Visa to Launch Payments Processing Venture Targeting International High-Growth Geographies.(Company overview), China Weekly News; December 16, 2008

Visa Battling Manual Entry of Sales Data, American Banker; September 22, 1993; Kleege, Stephen

Visa Seals Debit Strategy by Purchasing Plus, American Banker; November 2, 1993; Kutler, Jeffrey

Visa Debit Card Quickly Replaces Philadelphia-Born MAC Card.(Originated from The Philadelphia Inquirer), Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News; May 20, 1997; DiStefano, Joseph N.

Visa to Raise Interchange, Aiming Squarely at MC, American Banker; June 27, 2003; Kuykendall, Lavonne

Visa Announces Global Restructuring, CCNMatthews Newswire; October 11, 2006

Visa Loses Motion to Dismiss in Genesco Case – Are the Days for PCI Assessments Numbered?, Mondaq Business Briefing; July 29, 2013; Hoffman, Craig

No visa, no entry: Some countries require more than a passport, Sunday Gazette-Mail; May 15, 2011; Ellen Creager