Just so you know, purchasing a priority service with a targeted time frame of 5 days does not mean you will receive any contact within the 5 day period. Just as, in Zambia, if someone tells you they will come back tomorrow, they don’t actually mean tomorrow, they just mean it won’t be today. Some point in the future, maybe, (if you are licky) but definitely not today and possibly not any time soon.
In fact I received an email to advise that my passport was ready for collection after 9 working days (10 if you count the day I submitted the paperwork). Considering that without Priority it can take up to 6 weeks I believe they quote, 9 days is pretty quick.
They cannot and will not tell you what the decision is, even if you pay to call the enquiry number. The very pleasant young man did tell me the decision had been made on 12 June and that I could expect to hear something within 10 working days. It was in fact a lot faster than that, but they obviously have to cover their backs, ‘Don’t make any wild promises that might come back to haunt you!’, that kind of thing.
So we’ll sit here in the 9th in a cool little extortionately priced cafe and wait for the collection office to open.
It’s important to take time to slow down, stop and smell the coffee beans.
More later when I have an actual decision to report.