called the fbi again today and the good news is that can now confirm that they received our request on 02-OCT.
they confirmed that requests are taking 14 weeks so that would put us at 08-JAN. if they hit that date everything should be fine, but anything much later could be a real twist. the nzis application states that medicals can’t be older than 3 months. since mine was done on 31-OCT if we can’t get our application in by 31-JAN then we’ve got a problem.
nuthin’ really to do but wait.