My hero, who is pronouncing his name as Gee-yohm, is blinked into existence in Mary's home in England in 2018. His dress and appearance (T-tunic and leggings) are well-worn medieval European. He doesn't speak a language that Mary recognizes, and her attempts at English, French (which she knows a little), German, and Italian come up with just shakes of his head. Mary deduces that the hero's name is the French Guillaume, and that he has time-travelled into her home, perhaps from Norman England.

She doesn't want to turn him over to the authorities. She decides to keep him and teach him English, but she doesn't know how to get him documents that he will need to exist in modern England. She worries that he is bound to get sick from modern germs, and will need to go the doctor. How can she go about "legalizing" him? Posit that she doesn't know how to obtain those documents via illegal channels.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure I see the worldbuilding angle. You are asking about our real world. $\endgroup$
    – user535733
    Apr 25, 2020 at 23:00
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    $\begingroup$ Legally obtaining the documentation requires going to the authorities. They are the ones providing that stuff and getting them using false information is seriously illegal. $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2020 at 23:23
  • $\begingroup$ @user535733. This is a time-travel story. There's going to be lots of his reactions to everyday things we take for grated. This may be a real thing in our world, but I'm building fiction. $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2020 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Ville Niemi. Mary is willing to do illegal things; she just doesn't know how to go about it. $\endgroup$ Apr 25, 2020 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ @GinnyBethoc I think your question can be improved by offering guidance on which real-world elements you want to suspend or bend. Example: You imply that it's bad if The Government gets involved; maybe a somewhat more tolerant Home Office listens to a crazy-haired professor from Cambridge, and decides Guillaume is (provisionally) not an illegal migrant after all. Then he can have fun exploring grocery stores and trains and bad television instead of Living In Fear. England today has, by some estimates, almost half a million folks who face Guillaume's problem. $\endgroup$
    – user535733
    Apr 25, 2020 at 23:54


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