Melania Trump’s Racy Photo Shoot Raises Questions About Immigration Story: Report
New reports by Politico have suggested that Melania Trump may have violated the terms of the visa she used to immigrate to the United States in the 1990s.
The Hill reports:
The report, published Thursday, raised questions about whether Trump had a visa that would have legally allowed her to work in the United States at the time of the photo shoot and calls into question when she came to the United States.
Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told Politico the Republican presidential nominee’s spouse “followed all applicable laws and is now a proud citizen of the United States.”
Reports indicate inconsistencies within her story.
The nude photos of Melania Trump published in the New York Post were taken in New York in 1995 for the January 1996 issue of France’s Max Magazine. And Melania Trump would have needed a working visa, likely an H-1B visa, at the time to work legally, according to Politico.
Melania Trump has reportedly said she first came to the United States in 1996 — a year after the photo shoot — and came on a short-term visa, which wouldn’t have allowed her to work as a model.
Politico noted a January profile in Harper’s Bazaar in which she said she would go home from New York every few months to renew her visa.
“Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001,” she said.
According to Politico, the visa Melania Trump described using is more similar to a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor visa or a B-2 Tourist visa, which wouldn’t have allowed Trump to be employed and only last up to six months.
If Melania Trump came to the country on an H-1B work visa, which is valid for three years and can be extended, she wouldn’t have needed to travel back to Europe every few months to renew it.
“If Melania was traveling to the U.S. on a B-1 business visa, there is a potential problem,” a Washington-based partner of a major national immigration law firm told the news outlet.
“She would not have been authorized to work in the U.S. while on a B-1 visa.”
Paolo Zampolli, who reportedly sponsored Melania Trump’s entry into the United States, said models usually entered the country with a H-1B or O-1 visa, for those who have “extraordinary ability.”
“Every model we represented, we did a visa,” Zampolli said. “It’s just part of the rules.”
Photo credit: Greg Nash.