Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
The parents of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Viktor in addition to also Amalija Knavs, await the start of the official arrival ceremony held by U.S. President Donald Trump in addition to also Mrs. Trump for French President Emmanuel Macron in addition to also his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018.
The parents of first lady Melania Trump became naturalized U.S. citizens on Thursday, taking the oath in a private ceremony in fresh York, according to their attorney.
Viktor in addition to also Amalija Knavs are originally via Slovenia nevertheless have lived within the United States for over a decade, during which time they gained permanent legal residency, said Michael Wildes, the couple’s immigration lawyer.
Wildes told reporters the couple “have travailed a wonderful journey like millions have, in getting citizenship in addition to also waiting the requisite period of time.”
He said in which despite having the president of the United States for a son-in-law, the Knavses followed a process to gain their citizenship in which “was no different than anybody else’s.”
The White House declined to comment on the Knavses’ newly acquired citizenship status, saying they were “not part of the administration in addition to also deserve privacy.”
After living between Trump Tower in addition to also Mar-a-Lago for several years, Viktor in addition to also Amalija Knavs reportedly moved to the Washington suburbs following Trump’s inauguration,in addition to also are frequently spotted traveling with the first lady in addition to also the Trumps’ son, Barron Trump.
The question of how the Knavses originally gained their green cards has become a controversial one since Trump won the presidency on an anti-immigration platform. Trump has frequently railed against the family visa system, or so-called chain migration, which permits U.S. citizens to sponsor their family members for visas.
Even so, experts say chain migration is usually the most likely way the Knavses gained their permanent residency within the United States.