First Lady Melania Trump is now the daughter of United States citizens. The Presidents in-laws have been in the process of making their immigration permanent for some months now, and CNN reports that it has now been made official as of Thursday.
Michael Wildes, attorney for Victor and Amalija Knavs, announced, “It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family,” he said in a statement to CNN.
The office of the First Lady declined to comment on the legal proceedings, however, we know from information previously obtained about Melania Trump that the family, who are from Slovenia, is said to be close, and often seen together since President Trump took office.
According to Town and Country, the couple met in Sevnica, Slovenia in 1966, and Melania Trump was born in the same town 4 years later. The couple made their first visit the states in 2004 and are reported “hyper-involved” in the life of grandson Barron Trump.
Wilds told CNN that the couple received their green cards in February, and were officially living in the United States at that time. That status paved the way for their citizenship and allowed them to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
“I can confirm they are green card holders and legal permanent residents of the United States,” he said.
“Wildes did not explain how they got those green cards, raising the prospect they were sponsored by Melania Trump or another family member based on what Trump has called “chain migration” or family-based migration.
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.
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.”