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Immigration Department record on Dmytre Grenczuk

[British]Foreign Office, S.W.1 [London]
July 29, 1924


With reference to your letter E 126 of the 15th instant (July) enquiring as to the validity of a passport of the Ukranian [sic] Republic in the possession of a certain Dmytre Grenczuk, I am directed by Mr. Secretary Ramsay MacDonald to inform you that the holder of a Ukranian passport would not be granted a visa for the United Kingdom without previous reference to the Passport Control authorities in this country. If it were considered desirable to admit him, the passport would be accepted as a document of identity, but it is possible that before granting a British visa, it would be stipulated that he should obtain a return visa to the country in which he was a resident at the time when he applied for a visa to proceed to the United Kingdom.

2. Thus the attitude of His Majesty’s Government in regard to these passports (and also passports issued by the officials of the former Russian Imperial Government) is that they are prepared to accept them as documents of identity only in cases where the holder is not able to obtain a valid national passport, but is otherwise unobjectionable.

3. The answer to the question whether the holder of such a passport would be in a position to obtain a new passport under the present Ukrainian administration (i.e. the Government of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics) would depend firstly on his present nationality and secondly on his political position vis-as-vis the government in question.

I am,
Your obedient Servant
Signed Courtenay Forbes

Source: Library and Archives Canada, RG 76, File 906924 pt. 1 – Russian Passports and the Deportation of Russian Subjects (Microfilm C-10433), Courtenay Forbes, "Immigration Department record on Dmytre Grenczuk," July 29, 1924.

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