First Lady Melania Trump's Mom & Dad Become US Citizens

Eloise Marshall
August 10, 2018

A source with direct knowledge of Melania Trump's parents and their immigration status told CNN that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely and paved the way for citizenship.

US First Lady Melania Trump's Slovenian parents have become American citizens after taking the citizenship oath during a ceremony here using a programme her husband Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced and termed as "chain migration".

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an average naturalisation application in NY takes between 11 and 21 months and is dependent on numerous character and residency requirements. And yet, here are his wife's parents, gladly getting the US citizenship that their son-in-law wants to virtually bring to an end within the next couple of years.

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Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.

News of the ceremony prompted an immediate response on Twitter. They lost so much. She became a United States citizen in 2006.

The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by Homeland Security police.

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Usually naturalization ceremonies at the Jacob J. Javits Federal Building in the city are large events in which several immigrants are sworn in as citizens after reciting an oath and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Melania Trump became a United States citizen after entering the country on an Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" in 2001 as a model. "The application, the process, the interview was no different from anyone else's other than the security arrangements", their attorney Michael Wildes said on Thursday.

The Knavses raised daughter Melania in the city of Sevnica, while Slovenia was under communist rule.

Viktor was a vehicle dealer, and Amalija worked in a textile factory.

It is not infrequently the site of protests, but on Thursday, things were quiet as the first lady's parents came and went.

US President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become US citizens in a private ceremony.

He went on: "It seems like we now have two immigration systems".

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