Visa Services

Written by Jared Vincenti
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A visa is a document granted to a foreign national allowing them to be in a country other than his or her homeland. These are issued by the State Department, or equivalent thereof, and cannot be issued by any other agency. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, most nations have made their visa application processes much stricter, so you must be sure to apply for the proper type of visa.

Depending on your destination and country of origin, you may not need a visa. Strong diplomatic ties between nations often result in freedom of travel between the two--so all you need is a passport. For instance, the United States and the United Kingdom have their borders set up so that travelers from one nation do not need a visa to travel in the other. When planning your travels, check to see what the regulations are regarding your destination country.

If You Need a Visa

Visas generally come in two types: temporary and permanent. A temporary visa is granted to those sightseeing, doing business, or doing journalistic work in another country. These are of limited validity, and usually expire in a few months. Temporary visas are much easier to get than permanent visas, but misuse of a temporary visa (such as taking a job in a destination country) can result in heavy fines and a quick deportation. Permanent visas are exclusively for those who are planning to take up residence in the destination country.

Visas are obtained through the consulate of the destination country. If you do not live near a consulate for your destination country, you can send an associate or hire a visa service to go to the consulate for you and apply for your visa. In an emergency, a visa can be granted on as little as a day's notice, but you must be able to prove that the situation merits rushed service.


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