Our letter came today!!!
Our initial assessment has been completed, and now we take the next steps. This includes FBI clearance (proof that we are not felons), medical exams, tax forms and sworn statements of our common-law partnership.
For people following the process and wondering about timing, here's the timeline thus far:
March 22 - applications submitted for first time
April 3 & 23 - corrected applications resubmitted
June 3 - applications declared correct and placed in queue
Jan 18 - initial assessment complete, request for add'l documents
My original estimate, based on length of processing time last time I was able to check, was correct: eight months.
Now I estimate we will be out of here by September. Fingers crossed.