Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Migration and Visa Department and predecessor: Registered Files (GM and GV Series)
This series consists of registered files of the General and Migration Department of the Commonwealth Office relating to Commonwealth matters which were not the responsibility of a specific department, and its successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Migration and Visa Department.
By former file reference
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Migration and Visa Department, 1968-
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The General and Migration Department handled matters relating to the Commonwealth generally which did not have their own specific departments - principally fisheries and the law of the sea, scientific co-operation and independence gifts. It also handled Commonwealth immigration and emigration matters, including policy related to the Commonwealth Immigration Act. Migration matters passed to the Migration and Visa Department when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was established in October 1968, while the general subjects were dealt with by the Aviation, Marine and Telecommunications Department, Scientific Relations Department and other subject departments as appropriate.
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