If you can provide the IMEI number to the original carrier, they can probably confirm it for you.
AppleCare advisors might be able to see it, but I'm not sure about that and as far as I know, they're not allowed to provide that information, only confirm it.
so my advice is to contact the carrier
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I got in touch with AT&T and apparently at some point someone there too pity on me and submitted my request to have my phone unlocked to Apple, so that it did actually get unlocked the other day when I updated my firmware.
So Yay!! Now I just need to figure out which sim card to buy when I get where I am going next time I go overseas.