Did Melania Trump Work in the US Illegally?
As much of the world is now aware, one of Donald Trump’s main campaign targets has been immigrants since the beginning. In particular, he wishes to deport illegal immigrants immediately, which estimates numbers at more than 11 million.
Ironically, recent reports have surfaced that his wife, Melania Trump, potentially worked as a model in the United States without acquiring legal permission.
The Green Card Controversy
When Mrs. Trump met with Harper’s Bazaar for an interview in January 2016, she mentioned that “after a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001. After the green card, I applied for citizenship. And it was a long process.” However, a report filed by Politico asks difficult questions about a photoshoot that took place in 1995, unearthed by the New York Post.
The photos taken have been submitted as proof that Mrs. Trump didn’t follow legal procedures in terms of having an appropriate visa that would allow her to work in the United States. Increasing the controversy is the fact that the Trump campaign hasn’t referred to that year, instead referring to 1996 as the time that she was legally able to work. As such, questions of her immigrant status during the 1990s have been raised as an ironic counterpoint to Trump’s campaign promises.
Choosing the Right Visa
In terms of work visas, obtaining a green card lets immigrants work and live in the United States on an extended basis, also leading to the potential of citizenship. Other types of work visas, such as TN professional visas, provide specific types of skilled workers with the opportunity to work and live in the U.S. for a specific period of time.
Without a work visa, you are unable to legally find employment in the United States. If you planned to one day return or even live in the United States, being deported due to legal reasons may make it impossible to enter the U.S. again.
Working Legally In The United States
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