Clinton City of New York (1998)
The literal meaning is a stamp placed in a foreign national’s passport by an official at a u.s. consulate outside of the united states. all visas allow their holders to enter the united states within a certain period of time. visas can be designated as either “immigrant visas” or “nonimmigrant visas.” immigrant visas are given to people who have earned u.s. permanent residence or a “green card.” nonimmigrant visas are given to people coming to the u.s. for a temporary stay. however, immigration law also sometimes talks about visas “becoming available,” which refers not to the stamp itself, but to instances where a limited number of visas are given out each year, and people who want them must place themselves on a waiting list.