USCIS has updated Noot’s visa application case. Our lovely gubment has confirmed that it received the photos it requested from me. I sent the paperwork on 13-November via USPS Priority Mail (certified). The gubment acknowledged receipt on 27-November. I suppose two weeks isn’t that bad. I should hear back about approval within 60 days, though it should be much less than that. After getting approval, there are a lot more hoops to jump through, but the longest wait will be over.