While the Knavs now live in Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower in New York City, they didn't always live in luxury.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney makes a statement in New York, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs said the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship.
Back in February, the Washington Post reported Melania's parents had become legal permanent residents, had obtained green cards, and were awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath.More news: Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer
Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports. The first lady herself was granted citizenship in 2006. That type of family visa is exactly one of the categories that Trump and his allies have tried to repeal, saying they are harmful to the US.
"These doors that are in America remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said, adding, "We just thank everybody for their attention to this very important dialogue that we're having on immigration".More news: Ellie Goulding announces engagement to Caspar Jopling
Viktor, 74, is two years older than President Trump, an immigration hardliner whose zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 migrant children from their parents. Green cards can also be obtained through employment, receiving asylum or refugee status, or in other special circumstances.
"I can't comment in order to protect their privacy".
It's unclear whether Mr and Mrs Knavs had their green cards granted by a process the President Trump has sought to end.More news: Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend