So what kind of visa is put in the passport that Americans, for example, don't need? I thought the PR was a visa. I've seen the visa, we have it. Is it a visitors visa just to get in to the country while you wait for your PR?
the PR is a visa of sorts a permanent one providing you undertake and adhere to conditions laid out in the visa and after consultation with an immigration official. A visitors visa is just that a visa that allows you to visit for a maximum set period of time (usually 6 months)
There should be nothing put in your passport if you are visa exempt except the stamp of the country you are visiting. Countries that are not exempt have the visa (slip of paper) stapled tot heir passport. I used to get this up until around a year ago. I am sure Britain became visa exempt about a year ago, as far as I am aware Canada relaxed the law on EU citizens entering the country.