A MAJOR RANT about Immigration!
OMG I am SO MAD right now I would punch an Immigration Officer if I had one handy! I will not swear/cuss but just imagine this post liberally covered in words beginning with 'F'!So I called the United States Customs & Immigration Service (aka. USCIS), my call got escalated from a minion to an Officer and this is the gist of it.I sent in my application to Remove Conditions on Residence (I-751) to the Texas Service Centre (TSC) on March 8, 2008. My mailing receipt told me they got it on March 14.On April 18 I got the notice with a date for biometrics (fingerprints) in OKC on May 16On May 13 and then May 21 I received the SAME NOA-1 letter - so twice, telling me my receipt date at the TSC was April 11. So in other words it took them a month to get my application from the mailing room into the system!Then our application got transferred to the Vermont Service Centre (VSC) on April 11 from the TSCI have just been told today, that it was received at the VSC and entered in their system on JUNE 20!! So it took more than 2 months to go from the TSC to the VSC - WTF!Then in January 2009, the VSC realised they'd lost my biometrics and requested them again from the OKC office. They received these on February 22, another month later!So the Immigration Officer has told me I should wait another 2 months before calling again, that will be nearly 15 months after applying and paying $545 for this stellar service!!!But by then not only will my extension stamp in my passport have expired, but so will my Drivers Licence and I can't renew it without that stamp. So this means yet another 6 hour round trip to the (insert bad swear/cuss word here) OKC Field Office to beg them (and that's no joke) for the stamp to keep me legal.She did however give me one piece of good news! On April 7th I can apply for Naturalization as a Citizen, as that's 90 days before my 3-years here. I thought I had to wait for the full 3 years. So on April 7th we will shell out ANOTHER $685 (to add to about the $2,500 already spent) to apply for this, even though I will still be waiting on my 10-yr card!This is good news as the processing time on Naturalization is ONLY 6 months and so I may get that before I get the other and then that $650 will have been for nothing!WE ARE SOOOO MAD...no wonder there's a problem with illegal immigrants here, when people like us try to do it right and get this level of service!!%!&*^8^*)*&%^&@^$#%!#$#!*&$&$@%%^)*& (still not feeling better!)