I've been in farily regular contact with the dept. At one point they were actually going to have me fax unofficial copys of the documents just so they would have something. The SSPP finally found the documents, and they apologized for the mistake.
If it takes the normal 6-8 weeks then that would place me not knowing until mid-August to early September. As an international student that could be a *****.
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