First lady Melania Trump reportedly received a green card in 2001 through an elite EB-1 program known as the “Einstein visa” which is specifically for a select group of people with “extraordinary ability,” The Washington Post reported.
The Post notes that the EB-1 program is reserved for people such as academic researchers and multinational business executives, as well as people who have shown “sustained national and international acclaim” and was known to lawmakers as the “Einstein visa.”
Melania was a model and dating Donald Trump when she received her green card.
The first lady came to the U.S. from Slovenia in 1996 and was one of five people from Slovenia to get green cards in 2001 through the program, the Post reported.
Only 3,376 of the more than 1 million green cards issued in 2001 were for immigrants who had “extraordinary ability,” according to government statistics.
The Hill adds:
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.
To obtain a green card for extraordinary ability, one needs to prove they have qualifications such as evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts or evidence of original contributions to a field.
“What did she submit?” David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, asked, according to the newspaper. “There are a lot of questions about how she procured entry into the United States.”