Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens

10 August, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Amalija and Viktor Knavs

The Slovenian-born parents of US First Lady Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in NY on Thursday, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship. The pair, originally from Slovenia, had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents prior to obtaining citizenship.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old, respectively, are retired, and they maintain regular contact with the Trump family, often traveling with the first family on trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey.

The president in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a skills-based system.

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He said the pair had been living in the United States on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump. They would appreciate their privacy and we just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we are having on immigration. He wouldn't say who sponsored their green cards.

It's unclear whether Mr and Mrs Knavs had their green cards granted by a process the President Trump has sought to end.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

The couple are natives of Slovenia, where they raised Melania, but have been in the USA for more than a decade, says their immigration lawyer, per CNBC.

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.

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