My girlfriend is living in Brazil (now wife) and was planning on going to college in america. She started the K1 student visa process back in January. She had an interview scheduled in march but then the consulates closed due to covid 19. We decided to get married in June, and I and have been living in Brazil (on passport) ever since. Our plan has always been to have her interview when the consulates reopen and then both travel back to the United States. Recently we have been worried that they may not be sending out student visas due to the pandemic, and are wondering if us getting married will have any negative effect on the student visa. We have been researching married visa's (CR-1) and see that it typical takes 13 months (I'm assuming even longer now with pandemic). I am going to stay in Brazil as long as I'm allowed because I can't imagine returning to the U.S. without my wife. I am curious what your advice would be for this situation, thank you.
Also my wife has had a R1 visa and lived in america for two years with it, does this expedite the process at all, or make it more likely for approval?