My wife sent in her application to start the process for U.S. citizenship in late July. It is now the middle of October, and we still haven’t heard anything back. The USCIS cashed the check and we have the proof of receipt from the post office, but no word from U.S. immigration and naturalization. We were worried, but then I checked their website and learned that they are behind on a lot of cases. Apparently there was a rush of people filing before the rates went up, and that’s slowed everything down.
It’s a bit frustrating when you’re trying to do “the right thing” in the government’s eyes, and it doesn’t cooperate. My wife is legally in this country, having entered legally with the proper paperwork and approvals. She’s lived here peacefully the requisite amount of time and is no burden on society…and yet we wait.