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New German Transfer Regulations for Palestine Immigrants

The Currency Control Office of the Reich has issued new regulations dealing with emigration to Palestine. The new regulations do not change the old order that permits of the transfer of capital to Palestine and are to be issued only to persons between the ages of 16 and 55.

It will no longer be necessary for a person summoned to Palestine by a relative settled in Palestine to prove that his relative does not possess more than 25,000 marks. On the other hand, this category of emigrants will not be allowed to transfer more than £500.

In future the Jewish Agency will be requested to submit proof that persons who had received immigration certificates after May 19, 1937, intend to enter Palestine either under the capitalist category or as holders of labor immigration certificates.

The validity of the permit for the transfer of deposit money to Palestine is to be prolonged from eight months to one year. The transfer of money to facilitate the settlement of persons who are admitted to Palestine on the labor or artisan certificates is to be limited to £250, or, in the case of artisans, to £500, inclusive of the deposit.

The rule that the maximum limits of the money to be transferred are not to apply to cases where the Haavarah undertakes to transfer the money, is cancelled.

A permit for transfer of goods, in addition to the sanctional money, will only be issued if the emigrant to Palestine presents a certificate from the Haavarah that it has no objection to the emigrant’s transfer of goods. The same rule applies to an emigrant who wishes his personal effects to be sent after he had already emigrated to Palestine. This rule applies only to household goods or furniture which the emigrant has been using for some time before he had left for Palestine.

Emigrants who are allowed to obtain a permit for the purchase of goods up to 8,000 marks on condition that they agree to a discount of 50 per cent., will in future not be able to get this permit from the German Gold Diskontobank, but will have to get it from the Allgemeine Treuhandstelle fuer die Juodische Auswanderung which is also authorized to issue permits for foreign currency.

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