Unlocking opportunities for everyone

We’re a trusted network and world leader in digital payments, with a mission to remove barriers and connect more people to the global economy. Because we believe that economies that include everyone, everywhere uplift everyone, everywhere.

Innovation built to help connect

We aspire to create cutting-edge technology for everyone, everywhere.

Visa helps power the global economy

We enable connecting businesses, banks and governments in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

3.6 B

Visa cards connecting people globally1

206 B

Payments transactions2

70 M+

Merchant locations around the world3

Pioneering payment technology

Our journey begins in 1958, the year that Bank of America launched the first consumer credit card program in the U.S. We expanded internationally in 1974 and introduced the debit card in 1975. In 2007, regional businesses around the world were merged to form Visa Inc. and, in 2008, the company went public in one of the largest IPOs in history.



Bank of America launches BankAmericard, the first card with a “revolving credit” feature

Visa is born


BankAmericard becomes Visa–a name that sounds the same in all languages

Meet Visa Inc.


Visa forms a global corporation, while Visa Europe remains member-owned

Visa’s Lynne Biggar, Kelly Tullier, & a group of 10+ year employees joined by NYSE President Stacey Cunning to celebrate Visa’s 60 years of existence.