I still check my e-mail daily for file number. Still, no news, it's been almost 2 months since they got my packet.
Engg, do you have any news on your end?
dont wanna hijack this forum, but to answer briefly - I did not lean much from UK forums, except about timelines. If you go by youself it can take upt 2 months, depending which visa office you belong. It can be also as little as 2 weeks. I used visa expeditors who did not prepare my application but only handed papers in person. All info I got from UK Border Agency web site.
HSMP was phased out, tier 1 was rolled out last year in may
so you just apply when you want, they did change requirements from April 1st, and raised the education requirement to UK master degree equivalent and minimum salary of 20K pounds sterling.
here is my UK timeline:
3/7 applied online and scheduled biometrics for 3/14, paid visa fee $942
3/16 my wife applied online and scheduled her biometrics for 3/21, paid her visa fee $942
between 3/7 and 3/23 read everything about required docs section and worked hard on getting original docs to support my application
I knew I had 14 days from the date of biometrics to submit supporting docs to the consulate.
3/23 handed my application packet over to visa expeditors
3/24 they submitted my application packet with supported docs to LA consulate in person
3/26 visas were issued and passports stamped
3/27 received passports with visas and my orginal docs back
Note: Britz have strict requirements for original documents only, since I had to include original h1 extensions and original diplomas, orginal pay stubs for over 12 months, original bank statements, marriage certificate, etc, I was very concerned to get everything back as soon as possible.
I did not care for fees or the possibility of being rejected. I worked hard to beat April 1st deadline and it worked.