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Uruguayan Foreign Ministry Temporarily Invalidates Visas Held by Refugees Abroad

The Foreign Ministry today issued a decree temporarily invalidating all existing Uruguayan visas of the so-called “first class passenger” category.

Such visas are issued to persons with relatives in Uruguay on condition that they travel in “first class” accommodations from their present country of residence. The order is expected to cause hardships to a number of Jewish refugees in various parts of the world.

The decree, which transfers from the foreign office to the police authority to issue such visas, will remain in force until an investigation of certain irregularities in the granting of visas has been completed, the announcement said.