I'm sorry, but your understanding is incorrect. Whether or not the State of Iowa recognizes your marriage in Taiwan is irrelevant for the purposes of applying for a green card for your Taiwanese wife. The green card falls under the purvey of the US Federal Government and not individual state governments. The specific department is the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the US Department of Homeland Security. The specific page which you need to familiarize yourself with is obtaining a green card for a family member, your wife. Here you will find all the laws and regulations, procedures, and forms necessary to complete an application for a green card for your wife.drvelocity wrote:It's my understanding that for the purposes of applying for a Green Card for my soon to be wife, if my home state (Iowa) recognizes our marriage in Taiwan, she can apply for a Green Card immediately. If they don't, then we have to live in the states for two years before being able to apply for the green card. I've been bounced around a few offices tonight while trying to get info on this, but I figured I'd bounce this off of anyone who might be in the know here in Taiwan. Is my understanding of the situation accurate, and if so does anyone know where a list can be found of states that recognize a marriage in Taiwan? Thanks!
USCIS Website wrote:Get a Green Card While Outside the United States
If you are currently outside the United States and are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can become a permanent resident through consular processing. Consular processing is when USCIS works with the Department of State to issue a visa on an approved Form I-130 petition when a visa is available. You may then travel on the visa and will officially become a permanent resident when admitted at a U.S. port of entry. For more information on consular processing for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, see the “Consular Processing” link to the left under “Green Card Processes & Procedures.” The Department of State will notify you when you are eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. If you do not apply for an immigrant visa within one year following notification from the Department of State, your petition may be terminated.
drvelocity wrote:It's my understanding that for the purposes of applying for a Green Card for my soon to be wife, if my home state (Iowa) recognizes our marriage in Taiwan, she can apply for a Green Card immediately. If they don't, then we have to live in the states for two years before being able to apply for the green card.
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