Ah, a fellow 28er. My guess is we're at least two weeks from approval, maybe even twice that or more. MSP is taking multiple business days to approve applications that were accepted on a given day (apps accepted 7/18 have been at least three business days so far), and I think it's going to be even slower going for a little while. If they're taking three business days to process a single date's worth of applications, we're looking at mid-September for approval.
Hopefully more manpower is thrown at the problem, but it seems that most/all of that extra manpower is going to getting applications from submission to acceptance for the time being.
Passport photo I attached on application had me with a nice full beard . I had to shave last week for work purposes. At this point I’m thinking my full beard will grow back just in time for approval. Haha
It just blows my mind how people are so confident when their dates will start being processed when the batch sizes for each date are ever-increasing and the processing time is also ever-increasing. At this point any guess is a bad one. Even compiled data is anecdotal because an average can only grow one day at a time as an application is or is not approved.
Telling someone, “oh your X/XX date should be processed today” is literally hogwash. We all have zero idea at this point. Nothing is predictable.