We are excited to let you all know that we've started rolling this change out, and everyone should have access to it in the next few weeks.
Very soon, you will be able to select the status of an issue while you're creating it. For example, you could make an issue with the "in progress" status.
When you select the status of an issue while creating it, you'll only be able to select statuses that don't have screens, actions, rules, validations or conditions in your workflow.
We hope we can continue making Jira Software better for you!
Jira Software team
Setting an initial status for a particular Issue during creation currently involves finding and editing the issue again. A status dropdown should be an option for the Create Issue page because the default workflow status is not always appropriate. For example, most of my stories go directly into the backlog, except for adhoc stories that need to go right into In Progress.