I understand it takes 4-8 months, mine took 5. They will kick it back for some medical
reason even if you are in perfect health
they will find a reason to send it back to you. Just suck it up and wait not thing you can do.
I liked it when at the end of it all they sent a note asking me to fill out a feedback questionnaire and and the bottom of the email
it then says the questionnaire system is out of order lol it just shows how messed up it is!
As for the TWIC card it is useless for anything but the state ports
where you have to have it. Other than that most Feds do not have a clue as to what it is and will just ask for your drivers license
. Forget customs
better off bringing your passport and keep the card in your pocket.