She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney makes a statement in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced.
Under US immigration law, Melania's parents would need to have had green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship. Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.
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.
Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.
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Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship.
Back in February, the Washington Post reported Melania's parents had become legal permanent residents, had obtained green cards, and were awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath. They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.
In 1996, she moved to New York City where she worked as a model and met Donald Trump two years later.
Their daughter, Melania, was raised under Communist rule in the town of Sevnica where her father worked as a vehicle dealer and her mom in a textile factory.
She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling.