Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become USA citizens
- Dan Nunez
Viktor and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney makes a statement in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents, took the oath of citizenship in NY on Thursday, their lawyer confirmed. To apply for US citizenship, a person must have a green card for at least five years, plus meet the character, residency, and civic knowledge requirements.
The first lady's office declined to comment. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.
Melania Trump became a US citizen in 2006 after marrying Trump the year before.
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.
Trump's plan, which Congress has resisted, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the US, not their parents, adult children or siblings. Wildes briefly spoke to reporters and said the pair went through "a wonderful journey like most have ... in getting citizenship". "This is an example of it going right". Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.
President Donald Trump's in-laws are officially United States citizens, obtaining their citizenship through the sponsorship of their adult daughter, one of the very categories of family visas that the administration has sought to end.
"I can't comment in order to protect their privacy". Their immigration process was under scrutiny, as President Trump has been cracking down on immigration through his policies.