Melanie Trump's 2001 'Einstein visa' raises questions about qualifications

Melanie Trump's 2001 'Einstein visa' raises questions about qualifications

Kerry Wise
March 3, 2018

First lady Melania Trump reportedly gained permanent residence in the United States through a visa program specifically for people with "extraordinary ability".

News outlets recently reported that Melania Trump (Melania Knauss at the time) obtained an EB-1 visa from her native Slovenia in 2001. The comments came after a story broke that Melania was granted an EB-1 Visa from her native home Slovenia in 2001, also known as the "Einstein Visa", that is awarded to individuals who "demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or global acclaim". She was one of five people from that country to get green cards in 2001 through the program.

Now, Axl has taken a storm towards First Lady Melania Trump, whose role in the White House Administration is, according to Rose, "inappropriate".

Then Melania Knauss' green card set her on the path to US citizenship, which in turn enabled her to sponsor the legal residency of her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both now close to obtaining citizenship, the Post reported.

You can read all of the Washington Post's report here.

The biggest one: how did she convince immigration authorities that she qualified for the EB-1 programme?

Michael Wildes, an attorney for Trump, told the Post the first lady was "more than amply qualified and solidly eligible" for the EB-1 program.

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Highlighting his tweet with clown and poop emojis, Rose went on to say, "Some alleged former hooker who got in on some "trumped up" immigration con somehow deserves privacy cuz it 'means so much to her?' Fuck this clown!"

To obtain a green card through the program, applicants must prove several things including: commercial successes in the performing arts, work displayed at artistic exhibitions, and original contributions to a particular field, the newspaper reported.

The process of deciding who meets the "extraordinary ability" standard is subjective, said Sarah Pierce, an immigration expert at the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank.

Melania Trump came to the US from Slovenia in 1996.

In 1998, at age 28, she began dating Trump after meeting him at a party, an association that raised her modeling profile.

In 2016, Ms Trump tweeted out about her immigration status following questions over the legality of her status.