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American Consulate in Switzerland Discontinues Issuance of U.S. Visas

The American Consulate in Switzerland is refusing to issue emigration visas to applicants residing in various Swiss cities on the basis that it is impossible for them at present to reach any port of embarkation from which they can sail for the United States, Dr. James Bernstein, European director of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association reported today in a cable to his office here.

Dr. Bernstein also reported that he has received a request from the Jewish Agency for Palestine to submit a list of Jewish refugees now in Spain and in Portugal who have applied for emigration to Palestine. A list of refugees who have applied for Mexican visas has similarly been requested by cable from Mexico. The office of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association in Lisbon is now compiling these lists, Dr. Bernstein informs. He also states that for the time being there is no legal possibility of Jews leaving France, but many are able to flee from France to Spain illegally.