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I applied on 21 July, went for biometric appointment on 9 August, received a letter saying visa was granted dated 13 September, and received my BRP a couple days ago.
No, unfortunately after you apply you won't receive any communication until you get a decision or if they require additional evidence. It's a stressful wait but waiting is all you can do. Usually about 8 weeks from the date of application for applying within the UK. The FLR(M) timeline thread on this forum can be a rough judge of when you can expect a response.