I am currently a F-1 visa holder in good status. I just got engaged! My fiance and I would like to get married soon so that I can leave the country next summer (2011) to visit my home country for the birth of my brother's child, but still re-enter the U.S. with no problems. So, my questions are:
1. How long does it take after getting married to change from an F-1 visa to whatever type of visa a "wife" now has?
2. Will I have a visa, or will I be a "legal immigrant", or what will I be called?
3. What steps do we have to take in terms of filing paperwork for our marriage with immigration?
4. Do I need a lawyer? I'm not out of status, so I didn't think so.
Thank you SO much in advance!