US News What's the immigration status of Melania Trump's parents?

04:25  15 february  2018
04:25  15 february  2018 Source:   The Washington Post

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Could Melania Trump speak English when she immigrated to America? Does anyone think Melania is sorry she married Donald Trump ? Why did she marry him? Did Melania know/meet Donald Trump ' s parents ?

What ’ s New. In February 2018, speculation about First Lady Melania Trump and her immigration status found another outlet in a Twitter post portraying her parents ’ presence in the United States as an example of President Donald Trump ’ s hypocrisy.

Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, the parents of US First Lady Melania Trump

Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, after spotting social media posts such as this one:

With congressional debate beginning on overhauling immigration laws, it’s certainly an interesting question. President Trump has favored bills that would severely restrict so-called chain migration, including the granting of immigration visas to the parents of U.S. citizens. So naturally, readers have wondered whether the president is being hypocritical.

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The White House is refusing to discuss the immigration status of first lady Melania Trump ' s parents . The Washington Post reported that the first lady' s spokeswoman initially declined to comment on the matter.

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Let’s see what we can find out.

First of all, we should note that this particular tweet falsely claims that Melania Trump, who is a native of Slovenia and married Donald Trump in 2005, stayed in the United States illegally after her visa expired and that she married Trump only to obtain citizenship.

Melania Trump © REUTERS/ John Sommers II Melania Trump

There is no evidence that is the case. In September 2016, she released a letter from an immigration attorney stating that she did not receive a green card through marriage.

“Rather, in 2000, Mrs. Trump self-sponsored herself for a green card as a model of ‘extraordinary ability,’ and on March 19, 2001, she was admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident,” wrote Michael J. Wildes. “Based on this timeline, Mrs. Trump became eligible for citizenship in 2006, after five years of continuous permanent residence.”

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The Trump administration is pushing Congress to enact major cuts to legal immigration programs, including visas that First Lady Melania Trump may benefit from. Questions are mounting over the immigration statuses of Amalija and Viktor Knavs, the first lady' s parents .

The White House has flatly refused to reveal the immigration status of Melania Trump ’ s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: "What I see when I look at this picture is the end of a very long day, not to mention weeks and months of preparation by many photographers

Still, a few days before the election in November, an Associated Press investigation revealed she was “paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents.” Her visa at the time allowed her to be in the United States and look for work but not perform paid work.

Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump © AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump

Wildes told the AP that “these documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps” but would not say anything more. The Trump campaign refused to comment. The article noted that “it is highly unlikely that the discovery will affect the citizenship status of Mrs. Trump.”

As for her parents, Viktor Knavs is a former member of the Yugoslav Communist Party who worked as the chauffeur for the mayor of his home town, Sevnica, and eventually became a successful car salesman. He was born in 1944, making him two years older than the president. Amilija Knavs was a pattern maker at a textile factory. They are now said to be retired.

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The questions about Melania Trump ’ s parents ’ immigration status , explained. What ’ s up with Melania ’ s parents ? As Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post explains, there are two main possibilities for the Knavses’ visa status

The White House has refused to explain the immigration status of first lady Melania Trump ’ s parents , Viktor and Amalija Knavs, as a congressional debate begins on overhauling the nation’ s immigration laws.

According to various news reports, the Knavses have been living in the United States at least a year. Since Melania Trump moved into the White House, some reports have suggested they live there. Other reports have said they split their time between the White House, Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower and Bedminster, N.J. They apparently help take care of Barron Trump. the president’s 11-year-old child.

“The hyperinvolved Slovenian grandparents currently live with their daughter and grandson in the Trump Tower penthouse and spend most weekends with the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago, or at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey,” Politico reported in June.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

The White House initially refused to comment on their immigration status. “I don’t comment on her parents, as they live private lives and are not part of the administration,” said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady.

Here are the possible options, according to immigration experts.

Legal permanent residence

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President Trump has railed against "chain migration.". His wife is an immigrant and his in-laws are in the U. S ., but how did they come in? (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post). Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump ’ s parents , Viktor and Amalija Knavs

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They could be here on an IR-5 visa, meaning they are legal permanent residents because they are the parents of a U.S. citizen. Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis Law School, believes this is the most likely option, even though the administration’s immigration proposal would limit family visas to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, ending “extended-family chain migration.”

“If I were advising Trump, Melania’s parents would be admitted as immigrants as the immediate relative of a United States citizen if they were planning on moving here permanently, especially given the fact that there is talk to eliminate this basis for immigration,” said Matthew L. Kolken, a Buffalo immigration attorney.

Viktor Knavs, the father of first lady Melania Trump © AP Photo/Alex Brandon Viktor Knavs, the father of first lady Melania Trump

Extended tourist visa

Of course, using an immigration path that the president wants to eliminate would be politically explosive. So the easiest explanation could be that they are here on tourism visas and have asked for extensions. Generally, a tourist visa is given for about six months, and can be extended for up to a year.

“That’s pretty common,” said Sarah Pierce, an immigration policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. “It is way more feasible or likely that they would use tourism visas.” She noted that data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that the approval rate for the I-539 form (which extends status for all types of nonimmigrant visas, not just tourists) is 86 percent.

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Melania Trump ’ s immigration history, explained. Melania Trump came to the US in the mid-1990 s to work as a model. But the specifics of her arrival, and the specific immigration status she had before getting a green card in 2001, were always unclear

Questions are swirling over Melania Trump ' s parents ' immigration status . Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump , walk on the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2017.

This would be a relatively simple explanation, which makes it curious why the White House would not confirm it if this is indeed the case.

  What's the immigration status of Melania Trump's parents? © AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Parole

Individuals who are outside the United States may be able to request parole into the United States based on humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons. There is no statutory or regulatory definition of significant public benefit. “Parole based on significant public benefit includes, but is not limited to, law enforcement and national security reasons or foreign or domestic policy considerations,” USCIS says. “We exercise our discretion on a case-by-case basis.”

Their parole may be extended at the discretion of the Homeland Security Department and would also permit them to adjust their status inside the country if Melania Trump intends to petition for them.

“I would guess that the first lady’s parents were paroled into the United States and did not have to apply for a visa,” Kolken said. “Parole can be extended by the [Homeland Security] Department, or the period of parole could be for a lengthy period of time. If my parents are looking to move to the U.S., and if I were president, I would have them paroled and then file an I-130/485 and get them green cards.”

Student (F-1) visa

This is the least likely possibility, but we thought we would mention it. An international student can remain in the country for as long as they go to school. In the case of the Knavses, for instance, they could attend a program to learn English as a second language.

When we presented this list to Grisham, she responded: “None of those options apply.”

Two of these possibilities are politically troubling for the White House, while two are relatively benign. As we noted, we gave Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, ample opportunity to explain the immigration status of the Knavses. It’s a mystery why the White House refuses to answer such a simple question, given the president’s high-profile demand to limit immigration.

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