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ALIENS' PASSPORTS (4) Who must carry passports.-Every alien leaving a foreign country for the United States (except persons starting from Canada) with the purpose of entering or passing through or touching at any port of the United States, is required to present a valid passport or other official document in the nature of a passport, establishing his or her identity and nationality, having attached a signed and certified photograph of the bearer.

Such passport may include a wife, female children under 21 years of age, or male children under 16 years, a photograph of each being attached. Boys over 16 years must have separate passports.

(5) Visa by consuls.-Each passport of an alien must be visaed by an American consul in the country from which the holder first starts upon his trip with intention to proceed to the United States, and also in the country from which he embarks for the United States, or, if he enters the United States by land, in the country through which he enters. In case the country from which he starts is not the one to which he owes allegiance, his passport must first be visaed by a diplomatic or consular officer therein of his own country.

(6) Form of visa.-The form of visa shall be as follows:



Bearer is to depart for the United States of America between





A rubber stamp may be used for this purpose and the cost thereof included in contingent expense accounts.

(7) When application for visa should be made.-Applications for visa of passports should be made at least two weeks before intended departure from the country from which the journey is to begin. It may be necessary at first for exceptions to be made to this requirement, but when sufficient time has elapsed for the regulations to become generally known this requirement should be strictly enforced, except in cases of unusual emergency.

(8) Numbering of visas. Each office should number the visas of foreign passports serially, beginning January 1 of each year.

(10) Fee.—No fee is to be collected for the visaing of foreign passports.

(11) Records.—Visas of foreign passports should not be entered in the consular fee book. The file of declarations (see par. 18) in the consulate will be considered as sufficient record.

When the passport of an alien is visaed in a country other than that in which the declaration is made, the perforated slip at the foot of the declaration form (see par. 18) should be filled in as indicated and retained in the office which makes the second visa. These slips should be filed alphabetically and will be sufficient record of such supplemental visas.

(12) Refusal to visa.—Passports must not be visaed for German subjects or subjects of countries between which and the United States diplomatic relations have been severed, unless special authorization is granted by the Department.

Visas for other aliens should not be refused unless there is evidence supporting a suspicion that the bearer is proceeding to the United States for an enemy purpose. If proof exists, or circumstances strongly indicate, that he has such purpose and therefore should not be admitted to the United States, a visa should be refused and the Department informed, by telegraph if necessary. In such cases the declarant should not be furnished with a copy of his declaration (see par. 18), but that copy should be forwarded to the Department.

If there is doubt as to the bearer of a foreign passport, but no tangible proof that he may be dangerous to the United States, the passport may be visaed and report made to the Department, by telegraph if necessary. It is important to note, however, that where there is actual evidence that an alien is inimical to the United States, or has connections with an enemy agent, the officer taking the declaration must decline to visa the passport.

Foreign passports should not be visaed in the country of embarkation, or from which the bearer enters the United States, when he has not procured a visa from the proper American official in the country from which he started on his journey.

(13) Reports to colleagues.—Diplomatic and consular officers in the country from which a person proposing to go to the United States starts upon his journey should report each doubtful or suspicious case to the diplomatic and principal consular officers stationed in the country from which such person intends to sail or enter the United States.

(14) Aliens to be informed of regulations.In order to prevent or avoid, so far as possible, the hardship and dangers involved in deportation under present conditions, the diplomatic and consular officer to whom a passport is presented for visa shall ascertain to the fullest extent practicable whether the holder is a member of any one of the classes excluded from the United States by provisions or Section 3 of the Immigration Act of February 5, 1917. If in the judgment of such official the alien is a member of such a class, he shall so advise the alien, informing him of the serious risk he is assuming in attempting to enter the United States, but if the alien, nevertheless, insists on proceeding, the officer shall visa the passport, if it is valid, and if there is no evidence that the alien is inimical to the United States, but shall place upon the alien's declaration the notation, “ Advised that he will probably be rejected and deported.” In such a case the consul making the notation shall write upon the declaration, to be sent to the proper immigration official in the United States, a statement of his reasons for making it.

ALIENS' DECLARATIONS (15) Who must make declarations. Every alien carrying a passport, except one starting from Canada, and except a duly accredited official, must make a written declaration in accordance with the requirements of the annexed order before the American consular officer who visaes his passport in the foreign country from which he starts on his trip to the United States. Such declaration must be executed in triplicate and sworn to before the consular officer, and photographs of the bearer and of persons accompanying him must be affixed to each copy under consular seal. A wife or minor child who does not expect to reside with the husband or father in the United States must have a separate declaration.

(16) Disposition of declarations. One copy of each declaration must be filed in the issuing office, one forwarded immediately to the Commissioner of Immigration or the inspector at the port of entry into the United States, and one copy pasted or attached by a clip to declarant's passport, in such a manner that it may be readily detached upon his departure from the United States.

The last-mentioned copy must be presented with the passport to the official at the port of entry, who examines passports, and to the immigration official who inspects the holder, and to such other officials in the United States as may be authorized to inspect such documents.

(17) Where made.-The declaration must be made before an American consular officer in the country from which the alien starts on his journey to the United States. (See par. 15.)

(18) Contents of declaration. The declaration shall set forth the bearer's name, occupation, and nationality, and the names and places of birth of the members of his immediate family who accompany him, and also state the facts called for in the joint order annexed and in the enclosed declaration form.

The perforated slip at the foot of the declaration form is to be filled in, detached and filed as the office record of visas of foreign passports made in the country of departure when the latter is not the country in which the declaration was made.

If the country of departure is the same as that from which the alien starts for the United States, the officer who makes the visa and before whom the declaration is made should detach and destroy the slip.

(19) Form and preparation of declaration.-In the blank form for the declaration the first six questions should be printed on the first page, and in offices where large numbers of visas are necessary, particularly in consulates at ports of departure, it may be necessary to require the declarants to have the first page filled in outside the consulate, in steamship offices or elsewhere, before applicants apply for visas.

Item 7 as to purpose of visit, and items 8 and 9, the statements to the effect that the immigrant understands the exclusion provisions of the law and is prepared to risk deportation should he prove ineligible for admission to the United States, should be answered in the consular office.

Where a case is doubtful and it is manifestly desirable to obtain more information in regard to the applicant, the officer taking the declaration will be expected to make all necessary inquiries.

(20) Remarks.-Provision is made in the declaration form for remarks by the officer taking the same. In immigration cases, if the prospective immigrant has been advised that he will probably be rejected and deported, the reason for such advice should be stated under“ Remarks.” If the declarant is suspected but visa is not refused, because of lack of evidence, the grounds for such suspicion should be stated fully under “Remarks,but only in the copies of the form sent to the immigration office and retained for filing in the issuing office.

In cases of persons who have never been in the United States, it will suffice in question 4 of the declaration for the word “not ” to be inserted, so as to make the sentence read: “I have not previously resided in the United States."

(21) Date of sailing and name of steamer.It is probable that in countries other than those from which a person going to the United States embarks the exact date of sailing or the name of the vessel may not be known. In such cases it will suffice to give the approximate date of sailing and the name of the steamship line by which the alien proposes to travel.

(22) Amendment to declaration. If after arrival at the port of departure there is a change in the date of sailing or name of vessel on which the alien proposes to sail, the officer visaing the passport may amend the declaration which the intended passenger carries by affixing thereon with a rubber stamp the statement :

Amendment to Declaration No.
Made at----
Sailing on vessel and date named impossible.
Amended for steamship sailing about---

(23) Numbering declarations. Each declaration should be numbered serially, a new series beginning on the first day of each calen

dar year.

(25) Fee.—No fee is to be collected for or in connection with the execution of this declaration.

(26) Records.-Copies of declarations of aliens whose passports are visaed should be indexed upon cards and filed according to number and date. Declarations of those whose passports are refused visa should be marked " visa refused ” and kept in a separate alphabetically arranged file. No entry in the record books need be made of any of these declarations.

(27) Consular agents not to take declarations or issue visas.Consular agents, unless especially directed by the Department of State in specific instances, are not authorized to take the declarations of aliens or to visa foreign passports.

(28) Section 6 Certificates.—The method now in force in regard to the issuance and authentication of Section 6 Certificates for Chinese coming to the United States is considered as sufficient in such cases and this instruction does not change such method.


(29) Verification by consuls. While consular officers visa by the use of the word “seen” passports of aliens coming to the United States, they are required to verify by the use of the word “good” passports of Americans. Such passports should be examined before verification to determine whether they are genuine. If there is reason to suspect the holder of an American passport of disloyalty to this country, consular officers should investigate and report the facts to the Department.

(30) Place of verification.-Passports of Americans should be verified by a diplomatic or consular officer in the country where the journey to the United States is begun and also by such officer in the country (though not necessarily at the seaport), from which the American sails or, if he comes by land, in the country from which he enters the United States.

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