In the UltimateTax software, when e-filing, most states' e-files are locked until the federal acceptance acknowledgment comes in. (NY, CA, OH, and limited others) Allow you to e-file the state without waiting for the federal acknowledgment. Check your gets acks, mail, and updates button every few hours after sending out your returns.
This information applies to all years of the UltimateTax software that can be E-filed.
Linked vs. Unlinked State returns
Linked and Unlinked state e-files