Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
The mother and father of U.S. first girl Melania Trump, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, await the beginning of the official arrival ceremony held by U.S. President Donald Trump and Mrs. Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte Macron on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018.
The mother and father of first girl Melania Trump turned naturalized U.S. residents on Thursday, taking the oath in a non-public ceremony in New York, in accordance with their lawyer.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs are initially from Slovenia however have lived in the USA for over a decade, throughout which era they gained everlasting authorized residency, stated Michael Wildes, the couple’s immigration lawyer.
Wildes instructed reporters the couple “have travailed a beautiful journey like hundreds of thousands have, in getting citizenship and ready the requisite time frame.”
He stated that regardless of having the president of the USA for a son-in-law, the Knavses adopted a course of to realize their citizenship that “was no totally different than anyone else’s.”
The White Home declined to touch upon the Knavses’ newly acquired citizenship standing, saying they have been “not a part of the administration and deserve privateness.”
After residing between Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago for a number of years, Viktor and Amalija Knavs reportedly moved to the Washington suburbs following Trump’s inauguration,and are often noticed touring with the primary girl and the Trumps’ son, Barron Trump.
The query of how the Knavses initially gained their inexperienced playing cards has turn into a controversial one since Trump received the presidency on an anti-immigration platform. Trump has often railed towards the household visa system, or so-called chain migration, which allows U.S. residents to sponsor their relations for visas.
Even so, specialists say chain migration is the most definitely manner the Knavses gained their everlasting residency in the USA.