File No. 860c.01/79
The Secretary of State to the Representative of the Polish National Committee ( Paderewski)
Sir: I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of February 211 with reference to the selection by the National Polish Committee of Michael Kwapiszewski to act as your representative in charge of the issuance of certificates of Polish nationality to Poles born in Germany and in Austria, as well as in Russian Poland.
You request permission to open subagencies in certain of the larger centers of Polish immigration in the United States at which applications for certificates can be received and transmitted for consideration to the main agency, at which Mr. Kwapiszewski will officiate.
You call my attention to the fact that the British Government has authorized the National Polish Committee to issue certificates to Poles resident in the United Kingdom, and you submit a summary of the British declaration on this subject.
I enclose herewith a copy of a letter I received from the Attorney General, which, as you will note, refers to items 1 and 2 of the British declaration.
I am inclined to think that the proposed certificates may be accepted by this Government, in lieu of passports, in cases of Poles departing from the United States. However, the Department would prefer not to make a final decision upon this matter until it has seen the form of certificate to be used and has been informed more definitely as to the proofs of identity and national status upon which they are to be issued as all persons having the legal status of alien enemies are required to obtain the permission of the Department of Justice before they leave this country. This Department is of the opinion that the proposed certificate should set forth the date and place of birth of the holder, the place of his residence prior to his immigration to the United States, and the nationality which he was recognized as being at the time of his arrival in this country. The signed photograph of the person to whom the certificate is [Page 211]issued should be attached thereto, with an impression of the seal of the office by which the document is granted, placed partly upon the photograph and partly upon the certificate.
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