I am very excited to announce that my visa application was approved. I received the email yesterday from the UK Border Agency. Once I had sent in the application, it took around 6 days to hear back on its status. Although the directions for completing the visa from A-Z could be much clearer I am happy about the turnout time of hearing it was approved.
I just purchased my one-way plane ticket to Edinburgh. I arrive on August 21. That gives me just over a month to get everything else in order and to visit family before leaving.