Former model Melania Trump speaks from the podium on first night of Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
Why People Suspect Melania Trump Had A Secret Husband Before Marrying Donald
Lifestyle News
Immigration attorney Michael Wildes told Univision that Melania Trump obtained a green card in 2001 — which was four years prior to her marriage with Donald Trump.
"Ms. Trump received citizenship in 2006, and prior to that, she had a green card based on marriage," Wildes said, leaving things open to speculations.
Melania was first sponsored for an H-1B work visa in 1996. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Melania said she would regularly travel back to Slovenia to renew her visa.
Questions around this practice were raised because, per Southern Connecticut State University's H-1B visa guidelines, frequent renewals aren't typically required.
However, Melania told Harper's Bazaar that after several visa renewals, she applied for and got her green card in 2001, after which she applied for U.S. citizenship.
While green cards can be obtained based on employment and not marriage, it's unclear why Wildes would have claimed Melania received her green card the latter way.
Overall, aside from a few confusing discrepancies regarding Melania’s exact type of work visa, there seems to be no hard evidence that she was ever married before Trump.