First lady of the United States, Melania Trump, reportedly entered the United States after being granted a visa by a program established for immigrants with “extraordinary abilities”.
This green card is called the “Einstein visa” and is aimed at people born abroad who have earned “sustained acclaim”. Such accolades would be earned by renowned researchers, business leaders, award-winning artists and Olympic athletes.
One of the requirements for the visa instructed applicants to offer evidence of a history of accomplishment or of a “one-time” achievement, such as a “Pulitzer, Oscar or Olympic Medal”.
“You must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, educations, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim,” the requirements noted.
Melania Trump’s bio during the presidential campaign states that she graduated from the University of Slovenia with a degree in design and architecture, however, her biographers note that she dropped out of college after her freshman year. More so, there is no University of Slovenia on record. The first lady’s current White House bio currently says that she “paused” her studies at the University of Ljubljana.
In March 2001, Melania Knauss, as she was then known as, obtained an EB-1 visa from her native Slovenia along with four other Slovenes that year. Knauss was a working model when she met Donald Trump in 1998. She married Trump in 2005 and became a citizen in 2006.
Her special visa enabled the first lady to sponsor the legal residency of her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs.
Her husband, president Trump, is a firm opponent of “chain migration” and has proposed to end the sponsorship of relatives, including parents. According to the report, US citizens possessed this ability for decades.
Michael Wildes, an attorney for Melania Trump, has said that the first lady was more than “qualified and solidly eligible” for the EB-1 visa.
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