I live and work in Hong Kong as a US Citizen. In June of this year I attended a conference in the US, and after my girlfriend flew to the US on a valid tourist visa and we did a vacation trip around the US. While on this trip we got married, finished the trip, and returned to Hong Kong.
With the civil unrest developing in Hong Kong, I am looking for opportunities outside of Hong Kong. One obvious options is to seek a job in the US, however I want to try to minimize separation, as not only is it not healthy for our relationship but again the civil unrest in Hong Kong as well as the costliness of paying for an apartment in Hong Kong.
She does currently still have the valid tourist visa in her old passport with her old name.
Would I be looking at the full 1 year process before she could come to the US? If I end up not finding a job in the US is it possible to maintain the immigration visa we obtain for her to enter the US and receive the temporary green card for a few years until I do get a job in the US?