The HSMP application processing teams at the Home Office have recently advised us that applications received in their office less than four weeks ago are unable to be expedited.
The HSMP website has informed applicants that applications would take at least four weeks to process. Due to the fact that so many applicants have continued to request expedited treatment for recently submitted cases, the system has apparently become unmanageable. Senior managers at the Home Office have therefore taken the decision that the HSMPteam can no longer undertake the prioritisation of applications less than four weeks old. Applications that are over four weeks old will only be expedited in exceptional circumstances when appropriate reasons and evidence are supplied.
This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the situation within the team evolves.
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