Warsaw (Feb. 24)
A new procedure in the issuance of American visas to Polish citizens was introduced yesterday by the American Consulate in Warsaw with a view to helping Jews residing in the provincial cities of Poland.
The new procedure provides for regulations which will save these provincial Jews time and expenses. The Jewish applicants for American visas, living outside of Warsaw, will not have to travel all the ###y to Warsaw until they are informed by the Consulate that their visas are granted.
According to the new system applications for American visas will be accepted by mail. Each applicant, regardless of his residence, will be able to apply to the Consulate for a visa without a personal appearance. Upon receiving an application, the Consulate will mail a special questionnaire to the applicant which, after being properly filled out, must be mailed back to the Consulate along with other documents necessary to obtain a visa, including a letter from the American relative guaranteeing that the applicant will not become a public charge in the United States.
On the basis of the information in the questionnaire and the affidavit from the American relative, the Consul will then be in a position to decide whether or not the applicant is entitled to a visa. An entrance card will then be mailed to the applicant to appear before the Consulate for a medical examination on a certain date prior to the receipt of the visa.
The new system aims to save expenses for those applicants who have no chance of receiving an American visa. These applicants will, under the new system, be prevented from wasting the fare to Warsaw and from spending money on obtaining a foreign passport before learning whether or not they are entitled to such a visa.