Antonini & Cohen immigration attorney Marshall Cohen was quoted in a March 4, 2018 New York Times article written by Miriam Jordan, entitled “Did Melania Trump Merit an ‘Einstein Visa’? Probably, Immigration Lawyers Say.” Cohen and several other attorneys were asked whether Melania Trump, then Melania Knauss, was eligible for the EB-1 visa she reportedly received in 2001. The EB-1 visa program is reserved for individuals with extraordinary abilities, including scientists, doctors, athletes, and even models.
Here is the section of the article that includes Cohen’s comments:
Marshall Cohen, a lawyer in Atlanta who specializes in EB-1s for world-ranked track and field athletes, said he wouldn’t have hesitated to represent Mrs. Trump. “I am assuming she made a lot of money, got a lot of press and was on the cover of magazines,” he said. “She was probably a pretty easy case.”
Mrs. Trump, then Melania Knauss, appeared on the cover of British GQ in 2000, the year she petitioned for the EB-1, and was featured in Sports Illustrated and other magazines later that year. “Do we need more foreign fashion models? Some might say no,” said Cohen, who led a panel titled “Proving Extraordinary Ability Is Extraordinarily Challenging” at a recent immigration lawyers’ conference. “We might need more chemical engineers. But if there is a fashion model at the top of her field, she could qualify.”
The other attorneys agreed Melania Trump did indeed qualify. Please click here to read the article.