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CERTIFICATES OF ARRIVAL

If an alien wanted to file a Declaration of Intention (the first step to becoming a U.S. citizen) and had immigrated to the U.S. after 29 June 1906, he had to prove that he entered the country legally and was admitted for permanent residence. If it was so established, a Certificate of Arrival was issued (see below.) If a person happen to enter the U.S. on or before 29 June 1906, then he could file a Declaration of Intention without the Certificate of Arrival being issued. This 1906 provision is mentioned below in the Baltimore Certificate of Arrivals, and the fact that the arrival was after 29 June 1906 is also mentioned in the  Philadelphia certificate.

This form confirmed the name of the immigrant when he arrived at the port of immigration, the date he arrived, on what ship (or other means of transportation), and perhaps the name of the shipping line. Again, this was to confirm that the person applying for naturalization lawfully entered the United States and was admitted for permanent residence.

In the examples below:
1. Arrival 31 Dec 1906: The Certificate of Arrival through Ellis Island was obtained from the U.S. Department  of Labor Naturalization Service, Certificate of Arrival Division, signed by the Commissioner of Naturalization and Chief of Division. This form seems to have been made up especially for those immigrating through Ellis Island.
2. An arrival through the Port of Baltimore 30 Mar 1907: This form is different from the Ellis Island certificate and is signed by the District Director of the Baltimore District.
3. An arrival through the Port of Philadelphia 3 Jun 1907: This form is filled out by the Commissioner of Naturalization's office at the Philadelphia Immigration Station in Gloucester City, New Jersey.

 

CERTIFICATE OF ARRIVAL through ELLIS ISLAND - issued 5 Mar 1925



CERTIFICATE OF ARRIVAL through the Port of Baltimore, MD - issued 2 Aug 1938


CERTIFICATE OF ARRIVAL through the Port of Philadelphia, PA - issued 28 Feb 1925


 

 

 


 



 

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