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Visas (Personal Case)

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made in the case of Mr. G. M. Strauss, who is seeking a visa for three months' stay in this country on his way from Palestine to the U.S.A., about which the hon. Member for Hornsey has been corresponding with him for some time.

The hon. Member should by now have received my letter of l0th April about this application.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into a case, details of which have been submitted to him, of a British-born woman, now, of Polish nationality owing to marriage, whose husband wished to obtain British naturalisation but could not do so until demobilised from the Polish forces and able to obtain employment with a British firm, who sent him to Brazil, but because he was not at the time in this country was refused naturalisation, and the wife has been refused renaturalisation as a British subject and so she cannot obtain a visa for herself and her British-born child to join her husband in Brazil; and if he will rectify this position.

Naturalisation is not possible in this case because one of the Statutory requirements is that an applicant must intend to reside in His Majesty's Dominions. The grant of a visa is a matter for the Brazilian authorities, but my Department will be ready to furnish the wife with. a certificate of identity to facilitate her journey.