Is there any connection between the term visa being used in immigration and the credit card company?
Visa comes from an old French word, and Latin before that, but essentially it means passport or ‘travel paper’
Visa – the company – was originally launched as Bank of America’s “BankAmericard” credit program back in the late 50s.
Incredibly rough TL;DR but this is eli5:
Dee Hock ended up as the founder of Visa sort of on accident, one of the results of the rapid adhoc licensee/franchise expansion that Bank of America (et al) were experiencing at the time.
Stuff was getting to be a mess.
Hock picked “Visa” as the new name, ostensibly because it was recognizable between multiple languages and pushed a sort of “universal acceptance” vibe
No, there is no connection between the term visa being used in immigration and the credit card company. Visa the credit card company got its name from the Latin word “visa”, which means “to see” or “to look”. Visa the credit card company is a financial services company that provides credit, debit, and prepaid cards to customers. Immigration visas are documents issued by a government that allow a person to enter and stay in a country for a certain period of time.
In a technical sense, definitely not. But, the Visa company likely chose that word specifically to reference the English word as it refers to passports and immigration. Visa even used to have an ad slogan that read, “Visa–everywhere you want to be.” It was promoted as a credit card that would be your gateway (like a passport visa) to everywhere you’d want to go and everything you’d want to have.