Lots of waiting, and it came down to the last 20 minutes on the last possible day.
As you can see, my temporary residency permit was approved...on September 23, the date that they had promised. 5 months after submitting my application. But I didn't know it was going to be "in limbo" for the next 3 weeks...something I will be warning other applicants about!
The work's not quite over; I have to submit another round of documents in a very short amount of time. But at this point I am in! Praise the Lord.