The term work visa refers to a document that allows the holder to be admitted into another country for a specific purpose. A visa can be obtained from an Embassy or Consulate of the country the individual wishes to visit.
When working abroad, an individual may be required to obtain a visa before traveling to a foreign country. Visas are issued by consular officers, and indicate eligibility to seek entry into a country for a specific purpose. That being said, a visa does not guarantee entry into a country. The exact rules of entry will vary by country; however, visas typically fall into two broad categories:
When issued, a visa becomes part of the traveler's passport, which is a document that is used for identification purposes. A passport allows the traveler to return to their country of citizenship.