The rumor has been elevated to a confirmed status!
I was so thrilled to receive a short little email from the immigration officer today saying Hai Hai's application received the provisional approval we had been waiting on and that it was sent (I like that form of the verb: "sent"--instead of "to be sent", lol) via USPS.
So, I guess I'll be stalking the mail-lady now. ;-)
We're comin', boys, as soon as we can!