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Click to view contentDuring the 1940s immigrants needed to follow standard processes to adjust their residency status in the United States.  For immigrants seeking permanent status whose temporary status was running out or who were technically deportable but found to be “meritorious,” there was a secondary practice that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)… (Show more)
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Passenger arrival lists are a wonderful resource for genealogists.  There are a number of useful search tricks and common errors that researchers should keep in mind to ensure success in locating an ancestor.   Passenger List Research Tips   TIP: If you are having trouble using name searching, but have a general idea of when and where someone… (Show more)
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Click to view contentWhat is an A-File? The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began issuing aliens an Alien Registration number in 1940, and on April 1, 1944, began using this number to create individual case files, called Alien Files or A-Files. A-Files contain all records of any active case of an alien not yet naturalized as they passed through the United… (Show more)
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The Department of State issues visas to foreigners traveling to the United States.  Before World War I, alien visitors did not require visaed passports in order to enter the United States (except for a brief time during the Civil War, 1861-1865).  The practice of requiring all aliens to obtain visas from U.S. officials abroad before departure for… (Show more)
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