The current timelines are very long up to 6 months + and during that period there is no update given by UKBA to the applicant.
This is really a very panic situation. Someone have to travel urgently for business/job purpose or for personal interests. Even many times we lose the Job opportunity as the employer cannot accept you without legal visa stamping in your passport. I personally lost two fantastic jobs due to passport not in hand and I am sure it is also a pain for many other people. I am waiting for my own passport since last 90 days and because of that I am not able to even apply for mortgage for my home and jobs. All in all this ridiculous process is the major obstacle for my personal and professional growth and too many other people.
Thanks and Regards,