It sure took them long enough (I mailed my application more than two years ago), but I got this e-mail today:
The following is the latest information on your case status
Receipt Number: MSC041041****
Application Type: I485 , Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status
This case has been approved. On November 1, 2005, an approval notice was mailed. If 14 days have passed and you have not received this notice, you may wish to verify or update your address. To update your address, please call the National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.
If you have questions or concerns about your application or the case status results listed above, or if you have not received a decision or advice from USCIS within the projected processing time frame*, please contact the National Customer Service Center.
National Customer Service Center (800) 375-5283.
*The projected processing time frame can be found on the receipt notice that you received from the USCIS.
*** Please do not respond to this e-mail message.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Now… if only I had any clue where the hell they mailed my green card. I’ve tried to update my address repeatedly, but you’re supposed to wait 30 days for a confirmation in the mail (no, seriously — it only takes them a month to update an address — now that’s efficiency!) I’ve never seen one. Last I knew, they were still sending notices to me to my previous previous previous address, and the officer at my interview copied down my previous address, but got it wrong (plus, I have no reason to expect that her records are connected to any other record with my name on it — they have a bit of a problem with linking information at the USCIS).
Ah well. I’m going to be happy, anyway. Not because it means I can stay in the United States, but actually… because it means I can leave now. Or rather, leave, and then be allowed back in (unless I wanted to start the two year process over again, this was a bit of a problem for me until today!) I shall be visiting Ontari-ari-ario posthaste.