I can only wish you well. We had an email today (Thursday 30 March)to say my wife’s passport (standard renewal) has been approved at Hemel Hempstead and sent for printing. We had an email on Monday (27 March) acknowledging receipt of the old passport, which had actually been delivered (by SD) to them on 23 March. Based on other people’s experiences we ought to have the passport by early next week. This is rather interesting because it certainly doesn’t provide a picture of passport offices choking under an impending backlog of applications as the strike approaches, but obviously we have no idea how applications are being distributed or what will happen next week, especially to the striking offices (which Hemel Hempstead and Corby aren’t).