Melania Trump's parents get United States citizenship

Amalija and Viktor Knavs

Amalija and Viktor Knavs

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the citizenship oath on August 9, their lawyer, Michael Wildes, confirmed to Fox News.

They arrived and departed from a Manhattan federal building escorted by Homeland Security police. "This is an example of it going right", he said.

The Washington Post first reported in February that the Knavs had gained legal permanent residency and that legal experts believed it was likely that the first lady had sponsored their applications for family-based green cards.

He argues instead for a merit-based system prioritising professionals over relatives, and has drawn criticism for his vocal attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.

A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked about the criticism Thursday.

He said the pair had been living in the United States on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump.

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.

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Experts estimate those measures would cut legal immigration into the USA almost in half. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the U.S. to replace those categories.

They raised Melania in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

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

Melania Trump became a USA citizen in 2006 after marrying the president during the prior year.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

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