It’s been a rough few days here in the Allison household. There’s just been a lot going on, a lot of frustration, and a lot of heartache. Then, in the midst of everything, I learned this afternoon that it will likely take several months to receive our CIS clearance. Ughhhh.
So, here’s the deal- on July 1, everything changed. In the past, all of the I-600As were processed on the state level; now, they are switching over to processing all of them in a centralized National Benefits Center. I could totally go off on my tirade about the evils of big government, but I’ll let Glenn Beck handle that. The super annoying part of all of this for us is that we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of this transition. They are spending the next few weeks simply entering all of the cases into their computer, and only after that is complete will they begin processing the cases. I was told this afternoon by a marginally helpful individual at the National Benefits Center that they aim for a 30 day turnover once our paperwork is in the hands of a caseworker. But because they are experiencing such a backlog right now, my expectations are low.
This news was certainly another blow to us today. We might be down, but we’re definitely not out. I know that God’s timing and plans are flawless, and I am so grateful to have the hope of the Gospel on days like these.