In March 2001, Melania Knauss, a Slovenian model dating Donald Trump, was granted a green card in the elite EB-1 program – Einstein Visa. Bruce Morrison, Former congressman (D) and chairman of the House subcommittee that wrote the Immigration Act of 1990 defining EB-1 said that Melania Trump’s resume in 2001 seems “inconsistent” with the requirements of the visa. “We called it the Einstein visa,” said Bruce Morrison.
In January 2000, in perhaps her most widely known photo shoot, Melania Trump appeared on the cover of British GQ magazine. She was photographed nude on a fur rug on Donald Trump’s private jet under the headline, “Sax at 30,000 feet. Melania Knauss earns her air miles.” (The magazine cover is noted, among others, in her official biography on the White House website.)
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the eligibility criteria for the rarely issued EB-1 – the “Einstein Visa” Green Card for permanent residency – includes professors, researchers, multi-national managers and executives, and those with “extraordinary ability,” which requires applicants to provide evidence of a one-time achievement such as a Pulitzer Prize or Olympic medal, or show that they have met 3 of the 10 listed criteria including “published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media” and “performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations.”
In all, of the more than one million green cards issued in 2001, just 3,376 — or a fraction of one percent — were issued to immigrants with “extraordinary ability,” according to government statistics.
Melania Trump’s ability to secure her green card not only set her on the path to U.S. citizenship, but put her in the position to sponsor the legal residency of her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs.
Melania Knauss — now first lady Melania Trump – became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
President Trump has proposed ending the sponsorship of relatives such as parents, slamming as “chain migration” the decades-long ability of U.S. citizens to assist relatives in obtaining legal residency.
“CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!” Trump tweeted in November.
It is noteworthy that it is President Trump’s efforts to restrict legal immigration that raises lingering questions about how the first lady and her family members obtained residency in the United States. Someone may need to buy President Trump a mirror. Other humans have aspirations and dreams too, just like Donald Trump and his in-laws.
Desai Jay @jay_sniper27: If Melania trump was amply qualified and solidly eligible to obtain EB-1 Green card than, 50% of indians should have changed the USA into USI- united states of India! What a crap! #MelaniaTrump what was her extraordinary ability for earning such category? #einsteinvisa
Tony Anstatt @treacl: Parents of #AdultMovie stars may enter #US on #EinsteinVisa’s #Einstein #Visa! #Trump is truly #maga
jrt1971 @luvman33wife: @realDonaldTrump wife & his wives family is here via chain migration, but there isn’t anything legal about @FLOTUS – She is NO #EinsteinVisa candidate
Romy Giacomi @RomyGiacomi: Isn’t that the very definition of #ChainMigration But the BEAT part has to be the #EinsteinVisa
Jenn @Shorty2Die4: Since when is “Sugar Baby” an extraordinary ability #MelaniaTrump #EinsteinVisa #girlbye
Steve Marshall @dontbehave: #Einstein #EinsteinVisa I take off my clothes at the “speed of light”
Chase Triton @ChaseTriton: Einstein Visa my ass. She dropped out of her Slavic university & lied about finishing on her resume until she was caught (same week she plagiarizes Michelle Obama’s speech). #inners #maddow #einsteinvisa
Roger Kaplan @roger_kaplan: Until July 2016, @MELANIATRUMP’s website claimed that she had a degree in architecture before she became “a philanthropist” and “skin care entrepreneur”. THOSE WERE LIES. She probably claimed those in her visa application. #MelaniaTrump #Kleptocracy
Dawg @KermitandScooby: I take off my clothes and make out with another woman regularly and I even do it for free. I never thought of it as an “extraordinary ability.”
Trump Wig @wig4trump: Melania Trump entered US with ‘Einstein’ visa designated for people with ‘extraordinary ability. (hahahhaha! Fake Einstein visa meets fake Trump University.) #MelaniaTrump #melania #FirstLady #PutinsPuppet #EinsteinVisa
@wig4trump: Melania Trump entered US with ‘Einstein’ visa designated for people with ‘extraordinary ability. (hahahhaha! Fake Einstein visa meets fake Trump University.) #MelaniaTrump #melania #FirstLady #PutinsPuppet #EinsteinVisa
kathleen wu: @kathleenwu888 If Melania is a true Enstein Visa recipient, then I am the Prime Minister of Canada #Trump #Flotus #Melania #EinsteinVisa #Einstein
SueZ @suezinohio: #EinsteinVisa #Immigration #thursdaythoughts #immigrationfraud @FLOTUS I’m sorry. What extraordinary abilities? Marrying rich and showing your private!?
Szonja Ivester @szivester: So here is what we have been told about the Trumps so far: Donald is a stable genius and Melania is a veritable Einstein. Facts clearly don’t matter anymore. #EB1 #EinsteinVisa #trumpfamily #MelaniaTrump #immigration #stablegenius #postfactworld
Studio9 @Studio9Glen: Do they really give out the #EinsteinVisa to pole dancers? Or is one required to have both pole dancing and modeling skills? @FLOTUS @USCIS
Marcy McGowan @marcylauren: Oh and she an illegitimate First Lady and a wh*re #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpRussia #ChainMigrationforherParents – #EinsteinVisa Give me a break #SaxTrafficking
ton skeel @naughtyT: I guess @FLOTUS f**king the right people makes her some kind of genius. #EinsteinVisa
Sarah Sanders Schultz @DMatrixBlog: What does THAT have to do with when @FLOTUS was a high end hooker she got special treatment from @USCIS? #AmericanDream #EinsteinVisa #TrumpCrimeFamily
HazBeezy @TheodinTouk: It’s gonna take my parent’s poor families about 12 years to come to America from Bangladesh but Melania Trump comes here cuz of her “extraordinary abilities” #EinsteinVisa #Ridiculous
Danny Perez @kR1ptic09: @VanJones68 @SenSanders So lets recap: @MELANIATRUMP enters the country under a EB-1 visa aka #EinsteinVisa that is given to a select few with extraordinary ability. Meanwhile a #DACA recipient #HarvardStudent is in danger of being deported. I guess this is #TheTrumpEffect
DanielVasquez.Music @dvhouseradio: Willingly having s*x with @realDonaldTrump now counts as an “extraordinarily ability” #Melania #EinsteinVisa … I’m gonna let this one slide . Somebody give her a metal.
American Cat Riot @Cat_Riot_USA: Ummmmm…..hey @USCIS … Explain your damn selves. #EinsteinVisa #Melania #FraudPreventionMonth #fraud
shelley ross @shelleyzross: Melania is a genius: she figured out how to stay with Uncle Schmeckie without murdering him. #einsteinvisa