(general) A certificate or stamp placed in a passport by a foreign government’s embassy, consular office or other representative. It permits the holder to either visit (tourist visa) conduct business in (business visa), work (work permit or visa) in, or immigrate (residency or immigration visa) to the issuing country for a specified time.
(customs) A license issued by the government of an exporting country for the export to a specific importing country of a certain quantity of a quota controlled commodity (such as textiles) subject to a voluntary export restriction or a voluntary restraint agreement.

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