Its been 5 months now and I haven't got a word from the department yet
This is not necessarily a reason to be alarmed. Applications to Adjust Status can take up to 8 or 9 months to complete. You should wait a little longer. Or, if you like, you may contact USCIS Customer Service at the phone number on your Receipt Notice.
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Go to the USCIS website, linked below, and review the current processing time for your case.
For example, Adjustment of Status applications filed July 16, 2012 or earlier are currently being processed at the Salt Lake City, Utah Field Office. Therefore, if you filed in Utah for Adjustment of Status, you can reasonably expect your case to take an estimated 4 additional months before receiving a final decision. That estimate is based on the assumption that one month real time equals one month processing time, which is never totally accurate.
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