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Common Types of Visas

Visas are a tricky business. There are hoops to jump through, papers to sign, people to meet with, money to spend, and you’re still not assured access to a country. Add to the confusion of choosing the right type of visa and something it may seem it’s not even worth it. However, once you understand the many different types of visas, you’re a step ahead of the beauracracy – and paperwork. Keep in mind that visa requirements vary from country to country. The explanations below are general guidelines for those looking to decipher the visa situation.

Business Visas: A business visa is a visa that allows someone to legally conduct business in another country. In these instances, the person is brought in exclusively for business purposes and more often than not much be sponsored by a business based in the country of application. They can be anywhere from a week to a year long. If you plan on starting a company in another country or do not have a sponsor, the process can prove especially arduous.

Tourist/Travel Visas: A tourist visa allows travelers to access the country for a limited amount of time. He or she is not usually able to work on this visa, and must leave after the appointed time in up. In some cases, a visa may be applied for at the border. In other cases, the visa must be applied for overseas and may require a letter of invitation. The hostel you plan on staying at can usually provide such a letter. Large hostels in London, Moscow and in other major cities are used to providing such details.

Work Visas: A work visa can be different than a business visa in that it normally does not require a sponsor. This is especially popular among the Commonwealth countries. If you plan on working Down Under, check with your hostel Sydney Australia and see if they provide resources for those looking for work.

Other considerations: Stamps in your passport make great mementos. However, they can also be red flags when visiting other countries and you may not be allowed in due to a prior visit in another country. This is especially true regarding Israel and some countries in the Middle East.