WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press from 20 years ago show that Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 before she had legal permission to work in the country.
The documents provide the most detailed accounting yet of Mrs. Trump’s first months in the U.S. She has said she followed all immigration laws as she moved from Slovenia to New York in August 1996 and obtained a work visa about seven weeks later.
The documents show she was paid for 10 modeling assignments between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, before she would have been legally allowed to be paid.
It is highly unlikely that the discovery will affect the citizenship status of Mrs. Trump. She has been a citizen since July 2006.