Portrait of an Immigration Office

  • 2007-10-30
Scott Diel tries to remember he’s just a guest in this country.   2005 “What’s this ‘McKee?’” asked the Estonian immigration official to whom I presented my living permit application. “It’s my middle name,” I replied. “Why’s it have a lower case ‘C?’” “I don’t know. It’s Scottish. That’s how it’s written.” “But it’s not that way on your passport. Your passport has an upper case ‘C.’” “I didn’t realize that.” “Look!” “You’re right. On my passport it’s written with an upper case ‘C.’” “Why?” “All of the letters on my passport are written in upper case.” “Why?” “I do...
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