Melania Trump's parents become USA citizens

10 August, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship

First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as United States citizens.

Permanent residents typically have to hold green cards for five years before they can apply for US citizenship.

Viktor Knavs, a auto salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.

Melania Trump, second left, is seen with her son Barron, left, her mother, second from right, and husband Donald Trump at the White House in June. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the USA by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category. She said the first lady's parents "are not part of the administration and deserve privacy".

"This is the most anti-immigration administration probably in history of the country except when it comes to this family, and the hypocrisy is just stunning", said David Leopold, an immigration attorney in Cleveland.

Canada has a MERIT-BASED system, while the USA prioritizes more FAMILY-based immigration.


The US allows a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the US permanently, including categories for parents, adult siblings and adult children, married and unmarried.

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

Questions about the couple's immigration status intensified a year ago as Trump mounted a push to slash legal immigration, including provisions to constrict the ability of USA citizens from sponsoring their parents, adult children and siblings for green cards.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

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