Melania Trump's parents get U.S. citizenship

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The Knavses are from Slovenia, but now divide their time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C., where they stay with the Trumps in the White House.

Beyond the additional security present at the ceremony, the Knavs followed the same process of tests, interviews, and paperwork that every other citizenship candidate has to complete.

The Slovenian-born parents of US First Lady Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in NY on Thursday, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP. The pair, originally from Slovenia, had been living in the permanent residents prior to obtaining citizenship.

Viktor and Amalija made an appearance with their attorney, Michael Wildes, outside the federal building in Manhattan where they took the citizenship oath.

They had been living in the permanent residents. He confirmed that the first lady sponsored their green cards.

The First Lady wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.

Mr Knavs is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.

Wildes wouldn't comment on how the Knavs received their green cards or citizenship Thursday, but criticized the Trump administration's immigration policies to CNN.

Viktor Knavs was a auto salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.



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