Monday, 10 December, 2018

Melania Trump's Slovenian Parents Get US Citizenship

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Herman Weaver | 10 August, 2018, 08:26

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City.

Melania Trump had sponsored her parents for their green cards, Mr Wildes said in describing the process by which the Knavses had become U.S. citizens.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports.

The couple, who had been living in the USA on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump, took the citizenship oath in NY.

The Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police.

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. "But they lost so much", Trump added.

The Times noted that the couple would have to have their green cards for five years to become eligible for citizenship.

The plan, which Trump reiterated last week at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania rally, would limit immigrants like his wife to sponsoring only their spouses and underage children to join them in the USA - not their parents, adult children or siblings.

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

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump. While the president never names Saipov, who obtained his green card through the equally maligned diversity lottery, which grants visas to people from countries that have had fewer immigrants, he has been known to detail the attack.

The couple's lawyer said they had "travailed a wonderful journey".

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr. Trump two years later.

News of the ceremony prompted an immediate response on Twitter, with tweets ranging from "welcome!" to "unfreakingbelievable".

The couple are natives of Slovenia, where they raised Melania, but have been in the United States 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. Curious about the cameras, bystanders wandered over.

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

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