PUBLISHED: 12:39, Wed, Dec 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 12:53, Wed, Dec 11, 2019
Melania Trump has been the First Lady of the United States since Donald Trump was inaugurated on 20 January 2017. Although she has lived in the US for many years, the former model was born in Slovenia. When did she become a US citizen and how did it happen?
Melania began her career as a model and first moved from home when she signed with a modelling agency in Milan.
Aged just 18, she often travelled for work and took on jobs in cities including Milan and Paris.
In 1996, Melania moved to America for the first time, reportedly living in Manhattan on a tourist visa.
Two years later, she met her future husband, Donald Trump, at a party and they quickly began dating.
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Her modelling career continued in the States and Melania did shoots for publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue and New York magazine.
The First Lady obtained at H-1B work visa before making a bid for permanent residency in 2000, four years after she first moved.
She campaigned for permanent residency under the EB-1 program, which is used for people who are highly acclaimed in their field.
In order to qualify, applicants need to show they have “extraordinary abilities”.