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Prepare for the USCIS Citizenship Interview. Includes practice interviews based on the USCIS N-400, recordings of the USCIS 100 History & Politics Questions, and basic tips for interviewees. This podcast is appropriate for ESL students and Citizenship students. For more info, go to uscitizenship.com. This podcast may be used for educational and private practice only, and cannot be used for any commercial purposes.
 
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USCIS: USCIS Application Support Centers Updates, Dec 29, 2020 https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSCISINVITE/2020/12/29/file_attachments/1635668/ASC%20Updates.pdf Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USCIS has experienced delays in scheduling or rescheduling application support center (ASC) appointments to collect biometrics. Cu…
 
Hung went to his interview in Santa Ana, CA. Before the interview began, they gave him an iPad. The officer then went to another office, took off his mask, and talked to Hung via the iPad. Hung was able to see and hear the officer clearly. Also Hung answered questions in Vietnamese in a separate video. Videos Hung Do talks about his U.S. Citizenshi…
 
USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are …
 
All Saints and Day of the Dead are part of a 3-day festival that remembers the lives of those who passed before us. We honor the following list of Americans who passed before us: Jan 24 Pete Stark, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1973–2013). Feb 23 Ahmaud Arbery, jogger, shot. Feb 24 Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician, Mar 2 Charles…
 
Dr. Hernandez describes how her student found time to study for and pass her Citizenship interview. Super quick review of some Part 12 Vocabulary plus many interview tips! A mother with a newborn reports back about her Citizenship Interview video: https://youtu.be/b3bD3QxSIlE Una madre con un recién nacido informa sobre su entrevista de ciudadanía …
 
Teacher Patricia Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer Gagliardi talk about getting organized for your U.S. Citizenship Interview. These tips are for everyone, especially those whose eligibility is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen. We also talk about recent immigration news, encourage everyone to complete their Census, and advocate for alternative fund…
 
USCIS responds to a judge's order to stop the increase of the citizenship fee from $725 to $1170 on October 2. CNN reported Tuesday night that a Federal judge blocked attempt to hike naturalization fees by 80%. The fee hike was supposed to go up on Oct.2. See the details at https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/29/politics/naturalization-fees-judge/index.htm…
 
Download the PDF and take the quiz: Twenty-seven N-400 & Civics Qs for US Constitution & Citizenship Week https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/Const-Week-Quiz-2015.pdf Then listen to Teacher Jennifer's comments. Citizenship Resources for Constitution Day and Citizenship Week are available at http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/09/citizenship…
 
Good News from USCIS! News Alert Aug 25, 2020 No furlough! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uscis-abandons-furloughs-13000-employees-us-immigration-system/ Biometrics fee included in new N-400 fee Oct 2: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-16389.pdf pg 277 No New DACA Applications (This is bad news, but we think this wil…
 
The new fee structure, unveiled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is expected to take effect October 2. The cost of online naturalization applications is increasing from $640 to $1,160. There will also be a $50 fee for asylum-seekers. USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/usci…
 
Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi discuss 20 basic USCIS N-400 Part 12 vocabulary terms. Includes a quiz, an exploration of the new USCIS.gov website, news about the Furlough, and so much more! What's happening with the USCIS Openings? Week 7 Video with audio (1 hour!) https://bit.ly/uscis-week-7 Video with slides only, no audio (9 min)…
 
Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi start with a shortened USCIS N-400 interview which focuses on difficult Part 12 vocabulary. 07/18/2020 Agenda: Practice Interview Don’t just say NO! 7 simple definitions for some new Vocabulary New Citizenship Resource: Voices of Freedom ebook USCIS San Jose Webinar (and more info about USCIS outreach) …
 
Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi talk very briefly about video comments and then move on to a practice USCIS N-400 interview and much more. 07/11/2020 Agenda: 1. Quick Comments and Request 2. Practice Interview 3. New Citizenship Resources--(Sorry, we skipped it. See below) 4. 2020 Calendar—before and after COVID-19 5. USCIS Webinar Se…
 
Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi talk very briefly about USCIS Outreach events and then move on to simple definitions to complex USCIS N-400 Part 12 vocabulary. Download Dr. Hernandez's USCIS N-400 Part 12 worksheet, watch the video, and write in the N-400 vocabulary. Watch video: https://bit.ly/uscis-week-04 worksheet: https://bit.ly/…
 
Dr Hernandez and I talk about the good news and bad news from USCIS June 18-26: DACA victory, Visa bans, Civics Pilot, SF/SJ re-opening, possible new procedures, impending furlough, participating in democracy, DC statehood and more! What's happening with the USCIS Openings? Week 3 The video with full audio is about 40 minutes long. Watch it at http…
 
Dr Hernandez and I talk about the June 18 USCIS Webinar. We summarize and comment on USCIS info about case backlog priorities, Oath Ceremonies, requirements to enter USCIS facilities, citizenship interviews, fingerprint appointments, translators, and much more! One big concern: a possible USCIS furlough in August. Please contact the White House and…
 
Dr Hernandez and I compare notes about what is happening in Los Angeles and Northern Californian USCIS office re-opening. We talk about Oath Ceremonies, citizenship interviews, office openings and closings, fee increase (no date yet), travel, summer citizenship classes via zoom (email uscitizenpod@gmail.com), and much more! Video of this zoom call …
 
video: USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 USCIS: USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-offices-preparing-reopen-june-4 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to …
 
Our seventh daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the B-2 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:58, 100:64 (European colonists, Thanksgiving) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 07, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-07-covid-19-break.html Daily U.S.Citizenship Lessons 07 summary vide…
 
Our sixth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the B-1 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:59, 100:87 (Native Americans) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 06, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-06-covid-19-break.html A video summary is available at https://youtu.be/w7idHmunGOw…
 
Our fifth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-5 Citizenship interview b. a grammar tip about your Permanent Residence Card c. N-400 and Civics quiz (geography and symbols) d. a reading and dictation sentence e. All of the above! For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 05, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenp…
 
Our fourth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-4 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:99-100 (Symbols part 2) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 04, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-04-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod Y…
 
Our third daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-3 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:88-90 (Symbols part 1) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 02, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-03-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod You…
 
Our second daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-1 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:88-90 (Geography part 1) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 02, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-02-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod …
 
Milpitas Adult School, like many schools, is closed until April 3 (and may be even longer). During the next three weeks (or perhaps longer), I will post daily Citizenship lessons available from public sources. This lesson was originally posted as U.S. Citizenship 01, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School at http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-ci…
 
This is also available as a video: USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended Until At Least May 3 https://youtu.be/8vu-vT48DMc On March 18, to protect our workforce and to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities, USCIS temporarily suspended all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of our offices, includin…
 
ALERT: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situation…
 
In order to protect the public and the USCIS workforce, USCIS has issued a series of guidelines related to in-person services. https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 A screencast of this podcast is available at https://youtu.be/ZkoYZGtZyXI Milpitas Adult School, like many schools, is closed until April 3 (an…
 
All Saints and Day of the Dead are part of a 3-day festival that remembers the lives of those who passed before us. We honor the following list of Americans who passed before us: Nov 30, 2018--George Herbert Walker Bush, 43rd president Dec 8, 2018-- Rosanell Eaton, voting rights activist Feb 7, 2019--John David Dingell Jr. , US Representative (MI) …
 
1. USCIS updated Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing receipt of a means-tested benefit to establish eligibility. 2. Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or they demonstrate financial hardship. 3. The new policy is effective on Dec. 2.…
 
The new edition of the USCIS Form N-400 Application for Naturalization is dated 09/17/19. It expires 09/30/2022. There are only two changes to the N-400 (09/17/19) 1) The expiration date (09/30/2022). 2) A dynamic bar code encodes info as the N-400 is filled out online. This bar code does not appear on the print copy. The updated N-400 (09/17/19) q…
 
US Citizenship Bootcamp Interview 2 Ten N-400 Questions & Five Civics Questions Use US Citizenship Bootcamp to work your way up to the US Citizenship Interview! Vocabulary Words: Date of Birth Country of Birth Address Work Children Arrested Independence Day State Capital U.S. Capital You can order US Citizenship Bootcamp by Jennifer Gagliardi from …
 
Five N-400 Questions and Five Civics Questions with Officer David Use US Citizenship Bootcamp to work your way up to the US Citizenship Interview! Vocabulary words Name Permanent Resident Citizen Married Month Year Constitution Vote President You can order US Citizenship Bootcamp by Jennifer Gagliardi from any bookstore or library. Free Resources t…
 
Officer David is back to review the USCIS N-400 Part 12 Vocabulary. His review is based on the following quiz: N-400 Part 12 Vocabulary Review (27 Questions) http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/n-400r-12-overview-quiz.pdf http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/n-400-part-12-quiz-2.mp3 https://youtu.be/WPqZD1y7suQ Also see U.S. Citizenship N-400 …
 
Tip 1: Common Immigration Scams https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams Tip 2: Scam Alerts https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/taxonomy/term/863 Tip 3: Notario Scams FTC.gov: How Myriam and Pedro Learned about Notario Scams (pdf) https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ files/articles/pdf/pdf-0203-fotonovela-n…
 
Tip 1: Common Immigration Scams https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams Tip 2: Scam Alerts https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/taxonomy/term/863 Tip 3: Notario Scams FTC.gov: How Myriam and Pedro Learned about Notario Scams (pdf) https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ files/articles/pdf/pdf-0203-fotonovela-n…
 
Love and Citizenship from the Heart of California: an US Citizenship Interview with Rene Smith ESL/Citizenship Instructor Madera Adult School https://www.madera.k12.ca.us/Page/4134 Teacher Jennifer does a practice US Citizenship interview with Teacher Rene (Madera Adult School), then Rene about her own experience about becoming a US citizen and pre…
 
I would like to make a few comments about the new USCIS "public charge" rule before I read the rule's summary and full text. A “public charge” is a person who depends on the government to pay for his or her food, clothing, housing, healthcare, and more. The new USCIS "public charge" rule says that an immigrant to the United States must be able to f…
 
iCount! An Intetrview with the San Mateo Adult School Census Ambassador Team Today we will continue our series: U.S. Citizenship and the 2020 Census San Mateo County is partnering with the San Mateo Adult School to pilot a Census Ambassador training program, which will be launched across the county in Fall 2019. In the previous podcast, we intervie…
 
The 2020 Census: We are counting on YOU to make sure that WE ALL COUNT! An Interview with Aparna Ramakrishnan from the SMC Census Team video: https://youtu.be/Pgc5m-jZ7iU podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/census-sm4.mp3 blogpost: http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2019/07/the-2020-census-we-are-counting-on-you.html Today we will continue our…
 
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