Hmm, interesting they would make that distinction, as you're married either way. I've been eligible for a year, but had been putting it off precisely because the foreign police check was such a major hassle. And ridiculous too, considering I've been living continuously in Taiwan for close to 20 years. Ridiculous also that I've just now become eligible--because of the pulled-it-out-of-their-hats "administrative rules" that reset your clock to zero when you have even one or two days between work visas.
Yeah, I actually knew about the proxy statement possibility, but it seemed like basically the same thing to me, and it was easier to just drag my wife down to the tax office, ha.
Nice to know your approval came so fast. How long did it take between the time you received the letter and the time you actually picked up your card?
Yeah, true, but I still don't see waiting nearly 20 years for a green card. Of course, the way things are these days, who knows....