Thanks for yoru question.
I am afraid that the bad news is that you cannot do much to speed up the process if teh UK Border Agency are short staffed.
What you can do is request an administrative review or request a judicial review of any decision they make.
As long as an application is pending at the home office, the minister in question will not be deemed illegal in the UK.
If you wish to discuss, please feel free to ask further questions.
If the person in question already has a Tier 2 (Minister of religion) Visa, they can apply for an extension and will not be required to leave the UK whilst their application is being processed.
Click on the following link for further details:
I do apologise, I may have mis-interpreted the information provided.
If you are unable to obtain a Unique Reference Number in Order to Sponsor the Minister, you are correct in stating that the application is a non-starter,.
The only tyhing you can do is contact the office of yoru local MP and request that they become involved on your behalf. They should write to the Home Office asking them to expedite the matter.
Until such time as a Unique number is XXXXX there is little you can do.
A Sponsor Application refernce is not the same as a Certificate of Sponsorship.
A certificate of sponsorship is not an actual certificate or paper document like a work permit. It is a unique reference number that you issue to the migrant to enable them to apply for permission to enter if outside the United Kingdom (known as 'entry clearance'), or permission to stay if inside the United Kingdom (known as 'leave to remain').
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