I’m in the joyously long process of applying for a volunteer work permit. My most recent communication with immigration came in the form of a letter which was written like so:
I have the honour to refer to your application/letter of the 07/06/2012 for a entry permit in respect of: Philippa Jane Wilkinson.
I shall be grateful if you will furnish this office with the following particulars and or documents: clearance letter.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant
From this letter I have come to the conclusion that:
- I must be an extremely important person since it is an ‘honour’ for the immigration officer to write to me
- The immigration must really be in desperate need of new furniture or wall hangings since they want to ‘furnish’ their office with my clearance letter.
Ho-hum, at least they provide some amusement in what has become a rather lengthy and tedious application.