1. Date of expiry of current leave (visa), if any: NA
2. Date of posting application & method: 25th October by Royal Mail special delivery
3. Date application fee was debited, if known: 26th October, by credit card
4. Date when Acknowledgment letter with UKBA reference number received: None
5. Visa stamped on: 29th Dec, at the Sheffield Office
6. Date passport received: 4th Jan 2011 by Royal mail special delivery
The home office took an astonishing 9 and a half weeks to decide the application for a 2 month old!!!! I had to cancel my tickets, and will be booking again soon
A tip for future applicants, just go for in-person appointment, applying by post is not worth the hassle.