Melania Trump's parents are about to become USA citizens

Lawyer says Melania Trump's parents are legally US permanent residents 2222018

And immigration experts told the Post that Slovenia natives Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on so-called chain migration, a family reunification process that allows US citizens-Melania Trump in this case-to sponsor their immediate family for legal residency.

Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, have been regularly spotted in Washington since Donald Trump became President of the US and are now classed as legal permanent residents - on the way to gaining citizenship.

But immigration experts said such a path would have been the most likely method his in-laws would have used to obtain residency that permits them to live in the United States.

In 2000, Melania Trump self-sponsored herself for a green card based on her "extraordinary ability" as a model, according to information Melania Trump-immigration-attorney Michael J. Wildes released.

An attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs confirmed to the paper that the couple is "lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents", but declined to comment further, including on how or when they obtained green cards, citing the family's desire for privacy.

David Leopold, an immigration lawyer, told the Washington Post said it was likely Melania had sponsored her parents so they could obtain green cards. They appear to have taken advantage of a system that Donald Trump has dubbed "chain migration" and has promised to end.

Quick refresher: USA citizens and green card holders can sponsor their extended family to bring them to the country. A smaller number go to immigrants based on their employment, and other categories include refugees and other special cases.

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It reports the Slovenian couple are awaiting a date for their swearing-in ceremony.

"Chain migration" is a program where USA citizens and permanent residents are allowed to sponsor close non-citizen family members for a green card.

Under his plan, only spouses and minor children would be allowed to be sponsored, something that would have blocked his wife's parents if they used the chain migration program.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, like their daughter, are from Slovenia.

The likelihood that the Knavs could have been sponsored by Melania Trump or another family member raises the issue of what the President has called "chain migration", or family-based migration.

Trump and his congressional allies have fought to slash that dramatically, limiting sponsorship to spouses and minor children, including dropping the threshold for minor children from 21 to 18.

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