Examination, it’s with the examination team, it’s with an examiner – means exactly what it sounds like. Verifying the documents you have sent which also includes getting information from other government departments.
This is the very first step of the process.
Extract from the email HMPO sent me:
Your documents were received and allocated to an examination team on 02/06/2020.
We are now waiting for your documents to be confirmed by the Home Office and we have no timescale for this process.
Unfortunately it appears that you have not met the requirements for urgent/compassionate travel and we process your application as soon as possible.
In response to the latest coronavirus measures relating to social distancing and necessary travel, HM Passport Office has reduced its staffing levels to ensure that these measures are followed. Applications and responses will take longer than usual.