Melania Trump, the first lady of the Untied States, arrived in the United States with an Einstein Visa, a visa usually reserved for people with extraordinary abilities.
The EB-1 visa, also known as the Einstein visa, is in theory reserved for people who are highly appreciated in their field of work, the Government citing Pulitzer and Oscar winners as well as respected researchers and CEOs of multinational corporations.
Melania Trump filed her visa application in 2000, when she was named Melania Knauss, while she worked as a model in New York and she just met Donald Trump. The visa application was approved in 2001, being one of the fifth people from Slovenia to be awarded the Einstein visa that year.
Melania Trump became a U.S. citizen in 2006, which gave her the right to invite her parents, Viktor and Amalija in the states. The two are in the process of getting their citizenship.
Melania Trump arrived in the United States for the first time in 1996, first with a tourist visa and later with visas for qualified immigrants, according to her lawyer. She worked as a model in New York where she met Donald Trump at a party in 1998.
How hard is it to get the Einstein visa ?
To get the EB-1 visa for people with extraordinary abilities, an immigrant must provide proof of a major award and must meet three of the 10 criteria that prove excellent in their field. The criteria includes the appearance of the applicant in major publication, significant and original contributions in a field and works exposed in artistic expositions.
The Government’s guide for candidates who apply for the Einstein visa cites Nobel prize winners and international recognition, but the reality is often prosaic, according to Susan McFadden, lawyer specialized in visas.
“You don’t have to be a Nobel prize winner to get the EB-1 visa. I have gotten EB-1 visas for people who never heard about and you never will. An experienced lawyer knows that U.S. Immigration services are looking for and how to reveal details about the client to be attractive for the authorities” she said.
We don’t know the field in which Melania Trump excelled to get the Einstein Visa. She hasn’t won any awards in fashion nor she has written articles in an important publication. Her lawyer refused to provide details about her Einstein visa application so we can’t tell details for sure.
Journalists argue that Melania might have presented a series of recommendation latters from important people and this element for visa application is also a very important one. “If you’re in movies and Quantin Tarantino or Steven Spielberg writes a letter of recommendation for you saying that you’re very good, this can be very convincing” Nita Upadhye said.