As of Thursday, August 9, 2018, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents are officially citizens of America.
Slovenians Viktor and Amalija Knavs jointly took an oath and are now permanent residents of the U.S. Their attorney, Michael Wildes, spoke with CNN on the matter:
“It went well, and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family.”
According to Fox News, “The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by Homeland Security.”
In an interview following the ceremony, Wildes spoke: "Just to answer the question, citizenship was just awarded to Viktor and Amalija Knav. They have [followed] a wonderful journey, as millions have, in gaining citizenship and waiting the [appropriate] time, the application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else's other than security arrangements to facilitate today."
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They were quite careful to go through the proper channels for becoming citizens, first by applying for green cards in February which allowed them residency in the country.
Wildes continued: “We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we’re having on immigration. This is a very important example of it going right.”
The process by which they received the citizenship was very straight-forward. “They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and they once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible.”
While living in Slovenia, Viktor was employed as a car salesman, and Amalija was a worker in a textile family. Melania was born in Slovenia as well and gained legal citizenship in 2006.