FF – thank you for your kindness in writing to offer a pragmatic solution/suggestion. But I have a couple of problems.
The overarching one is that I fail absolutely to see why I should have engage in such twists and turns with a representative body of my own national government in order to obtain a perfectly innocent and proper document for a perfectly innocent and proper purpose. And the second is that I have a deep reluctance to tell a lie … and especially when in doing so it could later turn out to have been an own-foot shot!
Surely to goodness there has to be a vaguely logical and common-sensical approach to this ….. despite the need to guard the system against abusers, wife-beaters, money-launderers, layerers, paedophiles, terrorists and other such unloved citizens?
… but thanks a bunch for the thought, in any event! Jonathan