The 4 Types of Travel Visa

However, these two overall categories can be best discussed as four main sub-types of visa:
Visa TypeDescription
Type #1:Tourist visa (pleasure travel visas)
Type #2:Immigration and naturalization visas (including by marriage)
Type #3:Student visas (for studying abroad)
Type #4:Business or work visas (for working, which includes both non-immigrant and immigrant types)
These four sub-types apply to every country in the world, though the requirements (or lack thereof) can vary widely, especially depending on which country you’re coming from.
Remember: Your travel may require pre-planning and approval from another government, so before you go booking any crazy trips, and after you’ve gotten your first passport (or gotten your old one renewed), you need to review the visa information for your destination!
This usually only takes a few minutes, but it can save you a lifetime of stress when you get closer to your trip.
In the U.S., a few examples of countries requiring a pre-approved visa include India, China, Brazil, most African countries, and Russia.
There are lots of options, but you’ll likely find a tourist visa the easiest to obtain unless you’d like to stay somewhere for an extended period of time.
An immigration visa is the hardest to get, and most people will be unable to obtain this type of visa during their lifetime.
Bottom Line:  You may be tempted to just book trips and go, but when you get the travel itch, make sure to take a few minutes to research visa requirements first!

Research Visas when Planning Your Next Trip



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