i am sorry. i have spent copious amounts of time reading all of the (sometimes conflicting) information on marriage, so I thought I would just post my situation.
here it is: I am currently in Taiwan on a valid ARC, but I plan to return to the States in the summer to go back to school. My girlfriend, who is Taiwanese, and I plan to marry soon and then apply for a greencard so she can legally reside in the U.S. (my country of origin). We want to get married in Taiwan because I heard that will make the greencard easier to get AND our jobs provide benefits for newlyweds.
Now, a couple of questions: given my valid ARC, I suppose I do not need all of the documentation for the Joining Family Visa, but do I still
need the CCRD, which sounds like a real pain to get? The website at AIT makes no mention of this.
Also, since I am going back to go to school, would that cause a problem for the American Immigration Authorities? My girlfriend is currently planning on applying to schools on her own? I know I will need a sponsor.
Finally, would applying for a greencard right after marriage look suspicious in the eyes of American immigration officials?
thanks for the help,