SAN FRANCISCO -- Visa International said it will expand its Interlink debit card program to meet a demand by overseas member banks for an on-line card with a personal identification number.

Currently, Visa's debit offerings overseas include the offline Visa Check card and the Electron card, which can be signature or PIN-based. Because it can accomplish electronic authorization at the point of sale, the Interlink product is appropriate for virtually all of a financial institution's customer base. The other two products entail slightly more risk to the issuer, and therefore cannot be issued to all customers.

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