Today, I mustered up the courage to look at my status on the USCIS (immigration) site.
I was pleasantly surprised at the case status moving from ACCEPTED to OPTIMIZED. Another part of the status had been set to Pending for the longest time and that has now changed to Processing.
We were initially disheartened by an unproductive meeting with an official who advised us to pay the processing fee again under a different user name. Though it’s normally a good idea to follow advise from officials, this sounded so wrong that I just had to confirm that this was wrong with the online part of their agency.
This communication seems to have turned a cog in the system. As a foreigner in this land, it would be wrong to criticize the machinations of its government, though if any of its citizens want to do this for me, feel free!
Here’s the video: