asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why the Border and Immigration Agency's revised guidance notes relating to applications for an extension of stay in the United Kingdom issued on 4 January state at paragraph 49 "please do not send your application to our Sheffield address", and further warn at paragraph 59 that "if your application is sent to our Sheffield addresses this will delay the processing of your application", and yet state at paragraph 54 that "completed applications should be sent to Work Permits (UK)" at a Sheffield address; why these instructions were issued; and when they will be revised and clarified.
The paragraphs were originally included in the guidance notes to ensure that applicants submitted their application via the payment handling service and not direct to the case-working teams based in Sheffield.
When the payment handling service was itself relocated to Sheffield in April 2007 these paragraphs should have been amended. This was an oversight which has now been remedied. A revised version of the guidance notes is now available through the Border and Immigration website.