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I am still stuck at this for an overseas renewal:

Documents received 24 March 2023
Application received 19 March 2023
Application submitted 19 March 2023

I called the helpline a few days ago and a very helpful lady said she’d put a note on the application.

Called again today and was answered by someone who sounded half asleep (remote work from bed?). They said the examiner had not even looked at the note from some days back. So it really does seem like my file was assigned to an examiner just before the strike and they then disappeared. Am I really now stuck waiting till May? There has got to be a way to make sure this isn’t the case!

Is there a reason overseas applications should take any longer than local ones to examine?