The status bar shows up after you get another email after this one which has words to the effect of:"Your application now has a progress bar. The progress bar shows the time elapsed since we received your application. It gives you an estimated completion date based on our latest processing times."
Received this email today. I don't see no damn progress bar in my account. They playing?
When you finally submit your application. The portal will send you a message indicating Acknowledgment of Receipt.(AOR). This is the date when 6 months processing starts.