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  1. Nope. I have a service request in, and if I haven't heard anything after 30 days I should call them back
  2. 52 days and still no sign of my biometrics letter - NOA1 dated May 24. I've just filed a service request with the contact center and was told I should receive a response within 15 to 30 days. If not, I should phone them again to chase it up.
  3. Thanks all. It's just so frustrating! My fear is that the time it's taking to get the biometrics appointment will be a reflection of how long the process as a whole will take. Just about every encounter I've had with bureaucracy over here has taken longer than it should have - my social security card took over two months to arrive - so I don't have any faith or expectation that things will somehow speed up.
  4. It could well take longer than that. It's been more than six weeks since my AOS notice date of May 24, and I've yet to receive my biometrics notice. There are a number of other people who filed at around the same time or even earlier who are still waiting, too. And yet some people who filed after me have already received their notices. The only conclusion to draw from this is that it's impossible to say how long anything involving USCIS will take...
  5. I've just tried calling the USCIS contact center to ask what's happening with my biometrics appointment (6 weeks and counting) and couldn't manage to speak to an actual person - every option I tried sent me down a dead end of hearing information with no option to speak to someone. If you've called the contact center recently and were able to speak to someone, how did you do it? What option(s) did you choose? Thanks
  6. I would have thought my biometrics appt would be in Memphis as that's the nearest office to me, and I don't think it's especially busy. But after the recent announcement that USCIS would start sending applications from busy offices to quieter ones to speed things up, that could have changed.
  7. Good luck! I hope you get a positive response. I saw a thread that someone started a while back with other people who filed at the same time and still hadn't heard anything, so I know I'm not alone. This process is just so frustratingly slow!
  8. Fingerprint fee received, and the national benefits center is still working on my case
  9. I filed AOS on 20 May and my NOA is dated May 24. As yet I still haven't received a biometrics appointment, and it's been six weeks. I know some people have received their letters quicker than others, but is there anything official that says we should receive it within a certain amount of time? I'm planning to call USCIS to ask what's going on, but it would be useful to know how long it should take if (as I expect) they fob me off and tell me to just keep waiting.
  10. Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my post and to share their experiences. It really does help. My husband and I had a long talk yesterday and I shared my many frustrations with him. It felt good to talk about these things, even though they weren't necessarily the most complimentary things about his home town and the people who live there! But he understood, and in many ways shared my feelings (he admitted there were people he's friends with - real Trump supporting, right wing racist rednecks - that he wouldn't be if he met them now and hadn't grown up with them). He wants to get out of this town almost as much as I do, so the next step is to work out where we want to move to. It's not going to make the time until I can work go any faster but at least it gives me something to work towards and to focus my mind on.
  11. I'm with you on that! It does make me feel so much better to get out of the house. The problem I have is that I'm used to just being able to walk out of the house and get to wherever I want to go to, but I can't do that here. We're three miles out of the centre of town. There is a bus, but it runs once every half an hour at best and is rather unreliable - not to mention limited in where it goes. I can't walk to the store as it's about four miles away. I can get on my bike, and I can cycle to the park to read my book, but as it's hot and humid here (and only going to get hotter and more humid) I don't always want to! Walking has always been my therapy, and I miss being able to do it. I've told my husband that we have to move somewhere more walkable.
  12. Tell me about it! One of the bus drivers on our very rudimentary bus service just can't understand me. The first time I spoke to her I was on my way to a local park to go for a run. I had to repeat myself multiple times before she could get her head around the word 'run' (although to be fair on her, this is Mississippi - not a lot of running goes on here), and we completely gave up on the name of the park I was going to. The next time I saw her she couldn't understand me when I said the word 'phone'. Huh?? I've given up trying to say anything, which probably makes me seem very rude but it does make things easier 😂
  13. Thanks for your comments. I would LOVE to be in New York! I miss being in a big city. It's one of the hardest things about moving here, having gone from a city with so much going on to a small town with very little happening. I'm also missing being able to walk around. It's always been one of my favourite things to do. Whenever I visit somewhere new I like to get out and explore it on foot, and when I'm feeling stressed out about something, or there's something on my mind, I just head out the door and put one foot in front of the other until I feel better. It's not really possible to do that here! My husband has said we can move anywhere I want to, so I've been researching the most walkable cities in the country. Of course, NYC tops that list! I don't think we'll be moving there, though - he's a small town boy so he's said it would be too big for him. That all said, I remember when I first moved to London and I was overwhelmed by how big it was. I got used to it eventually, and I'm trying to remind myself of that period of adjustment when I find myself desperately wanting to go back.
  14. Funnily enough right now I have our cat sitting on my lap trying to 'help' me to write this reply. I agree that having a pet around during the day does help. It's nice to feel useful, even if that is only as the cat's servant 😂
  15. My husband and I have talked about me seeing a counsellor. At the moment it's a question of money - his work goes in cycles and right now it's in the middle of a quiet cycle so things are a little tight. We know someone, a friend of a friend, who might be able to offer us cheaper rates so we're just waiting to see if that pans out. The same goes for road trips or vacations - it's a question of money. That said, we're hoping to get away for a couple of days in the next week or so. I can't wait to get out of town!
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