Mr. Salisbury June 5, 1940.
U.S. Department of Justice
I arrived November 13, 1939, on board of S.S. "Pennland", a Dutch liner, in New York. I was born in Germany, yet I do not have a German Passport, but a Dutch foreigner passport, No. 2173
My visa is a visitor's permit, No. 281, Amsterdam, Section 3 (2), the passport allows me theoretically to go back to Holland until August 27, 1940.
Considering the present situation in Europe and especially in Holland, I would like very much to stay in the United States, at least for the coming year.
I think that the scholarship offered to me by McPherson College, together with the work I am going to find, will make it possible for me to visit the college next year.
Therefore I ask you to be kind enough to change my visitor's visa into a student's visa, such that I would be able to accept the mentioned work.
I thank you in advance very much your efforts.
This is Opa's official letter to the INS to request his visa be renewed and changed to a student visa. He mentions that he was born in Germany but does not have a German passport. This rings true with my memory of him claiming to have destroyed his German passport because he wanted no connection or tangible tie to Nazi Germany.
The Commissioner of Immigration Immigration and Naturalization ServiceDepartment of LaborWashington, D.C.
I arrived in New York on November 15, 1939, on board of Dutch liner "Pennland," on the on the basis of a visitor's visa.
I was born in Berlin, Germany, yet I do not own a German passport, but a Dutch foreigner passport, given to me in Holland, where I lived from September 1938 until November 1939.
My passport is valid until August 28, 1940. The American visa I received has the following dates: Section 3 (2), No. 281. Here is the stamp the immigrant official stamped into the passport: Admitted at New York N.Y. on NOV. 15, 1939, under Paragraph 2 Section 3, Immigration Act of 1924, for 7 months.
My staying here in America was made possible by McPherson College, which granted me a full scholarship for the school year 1939-1940. As you will notice from the enclosed letter, this scholarship has been partially extended for the next year.
For this reason, and also considering the present situation in Europe and especially in Holland, I would like to ask you for a renewal of my visa. As you see from the enclosed letter, I am supposed to carry a part of the expenses by my own work. Therefore I would appreciate it very much to have my visitor's visa changed into a student visa.
Please let me know if there is any other information you need from me. I thank you in advance very much for the efforts you will have with this case.