According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an average naturalisation application in NY takes between 11 and 21 months and is dependent on numerous character and residency requirements. They had no comment at the time, but the building where they were spotted holds offices where federal immigration officials process applications for citizenship.
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. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.
He did not specify how long it had taken the Knavs to complete the citizenship process, nor whether the 48-year-old First Lady had sponsored their permanent residency.
It is unclear when the Knavses first moved to the country, but by late 2007, Viktor Knavs was listed in public records as residing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Washington Post.
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The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule. They made their first trip to America in 2004.
Melania Trump, second left, is seen with her son Barron, left, her mother, second from right, and husband Donald Trump at the White House in June.
She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.
She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr. Trump two years later.