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U.S. Consulate in Berlin Stops Accepting Visa Applications; Has 60,000 on Hand

The United States Consulate General today closed its doors to new applicants for immigration visas, expressing a desire to clear its files of the applications on hand before dealing with the new ones, which have been coming in at the rate of 2,000 a month.

The Consulate is not expected to resume accepting applications for six months. New applicants are permitted to register, but their affidavits and other documents are not accepted. They are promised that when the doors are reopened they will be given places on the waiting list corresponding to their date of registration.

It is understood that the current United States combined immigration quota of 27,370 for Germany and Austria will be filled entirely from the lists already on hand, these applications numbering between 60,000 and 70,000 for the entire Reich, of which at least 35,000 will prove valid, and the rest must wait for next year.

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