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What are the differences between a passport and a visa?

Date: 02 Sep 2016    Group: Lawyers    Category: Indian Law   

The people who visit foreign countries require a passport and a visa. I am often confused between the two. What are the differences between a passport and a visa? Which authority issues a passport and which authority issues a visa? What is the procedure of obtaining the same?
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Author: NK SHARMA    04 Sep 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

A passport is document issued by pass port office and valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children. It is just like a booklet containing the photograph, signature,address and many information about the pass port holder.It also has the address and the signature of issuing authority.Whenever you want to go any country you have to carry it with you, entries are made in it by the foreign authority.Whereas visa is a permission given by the country for a limited time to visit that country. for example tourist visa for 7 days/ 3 months.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    06 Sep 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Passport is a document issued by a country through the Passport Offices to its citizens which signifies general permission given to travel abroad. The validity of personal passport is 10 years for adults and 5 years for children.

On the other hand, visa is the permission given by a country to a particular person which allows that particular person (citizen of another country) to visit the first country (which has issued the visa). Visa is given for different duration depending upon the purpose of visit. There are different types of visa like tourist visa, working visa, business visa, student visa, etc.

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