Melania Trump's Parents Become U.S. Citizens

Amalija and Viktor Knavs arrive with their lawyer Michael Wildes (Second from R) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services / Getty Images
August 9, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as United States citizens on Thursday.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in New York, the Associated Press reports. The pair, originally from Slovenia, had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents prior to obtaining citizenship.

The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony. Homeland Security Police also escorted the Knavs both in and out of the ceremony, which was held at a federal building in Manhattan.

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.

The first lady was named Melanija Knavs when she was born in Slovenia but later changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began her modeling career. She moved to the United States in 1996.

The Knavs are frequently with the Trump's and also travel with them. They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.