Applying for a work or tourist visa to get to my girlfriend?

Hi everyone

I have a bit of a difficult situation.

I have met the woman I want to spend my life with - unfortunately so far only online.

She lives in the US and I am in Germany. I cannot apply for an ESTA as I have been to Iran after 2011. The embassies currently don't have appointments for B1 visa however. She can't come visit here or meet somewhere as she cannot take any time off at all right now and doesn't know when that will change.

I was thinking of applying for the B1 visa in the hopes the situation with embassy appointments will change.

Another option would be to apply for a work visa. I still have a job here but her boss could offer me a position there. I didn't want to consider that as I don't want to quit my job and flat here until I am sure I can actually get in and stay. So initially I thought it would be faster and easier to travel there first and also get to know her boss personally. But now I don't know about that...

Does anyone know if work visas are handled faster than tourism visa or would I land in the same waiting loop? I don't want to ask the embassy yet as I first want to see what would be the best course of action.

Maybe there also is a third option I haven't been aware of - if so, please feel free to let me know. It's much appreciated!

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