You have to be married before you obtain status in order for your wife to be included. The question is not how long you have been married, but whether you can prove that the marriage is real (and not for immigration purposes), if there are questions at the consulate. For some, that means getting married right away, but if you are trying to arrange a family wedding or there are other concerns, don't be worried about marry "later" so long as you are legally married BEFORE you become a permanent resident.
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Either way will be OK and your future wife will be able to obtain her GC at the same ti,e as you, as long as you two get married prior to you obtaining LPR status. Of course, the sooner you marry, the better.
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Get married immediately.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.