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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902
(1902)

Circulars,   pp. 1-12 PDF (918.0 KB)


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F R 1902, PT 1—1  1CORRESPONDENCE. 
CIRC ULARS. 
PASSPORTS—INTENT TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES. 
Circular. 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
TV~ishnigton, January 17, 1902. 
To the Biplomat'ie and Consular Of/icers of the United States. 
 GENTLEMEN: The Department has from time to time received complaints from
persons sojourning abroad that they have been refused 
passports because they were unable to state definitely when they intended
to return to the United States. The renewed attention of diplomatic and consular
officers is therefore called to the Department's circulars a of instruction
of March 27 and September 26, 1899, relative to "Passports for persons residing
or sojourning abroad" and "Intent to return to the United States," which
should be carefully studied and applied to the construction of the regulations
governing the granting and issuing of passports, so that no one who has effectually
expatriated himself from the United States shall receive the protection which
he has forfeited a right to expect, and, on the other hand, no one shall
be denied protection who is a loyal American citizen not permanently and
voluntarily absent from this country. 
I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant, 
JOHN HAY. 
PASSPORTS FOR PERSONS RESIDING OR SOJOURNING ABROAD. 
Circular. 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, JJ(arch 27, 1899. 
To the .Diplomatic and (onsular Officers of the United States. 
 GENTLEMEN: It has been represented to the Department that a greater uniformity
than now prevails is desirable in the treatment of applications for passports
from persons who allege American citizenship, and who have been absent from
the United States for a prolonged period and are unable or refuse to give
a definite promise of return. 
a See infra. 


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