Friday, December 15, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Bill of Rights Day

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Interview Quizzes
The texts of the Bill of Rights matched with questions from the USCIS N-400 Part 12 and the USCIS 100 History/Government questions.
  • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)
  • The Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf (2016)
  • A Citizenship Quiz about the Bill of Rights pdf (2015)

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quizzes

More Bill of Rights Resources

Check back for more resources....

Thursday, December 14, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 33, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

No, not Learning Chocolate, we will be taking Assessments

Today we give 2 (or possibly 3) CASAS tests to our current Citizenship Students

  • The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a one-on-one oral assessment that simulates the citizenship applicant's English-language interview with a USCIS examiner (This test will be given to students who have been in class for several months).
  • The Government and History for Citizenship tests reveal how much students know about American government and history. (All citizenship students will take this test)

Life and Work Reading Sample Test  (All citizenship students will take this test)

Use these sample test items to:
  • familiarize students with CASAS items
  • help reduce student test-taking anxiety
These items are samples to familiarize students with CASAS test formats. Since they are not actual tests, they are not predictors of student performance, and are not valid for level placement, assessment, or for reporting standardized scores.
Printable Version
PowerPoint Version

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

His Daughter Graduates. He Faces Deportation.

NYTimes: His Daughter Graduates. He Faces Deportation.

Juan Rodriguez entered the U.S. illegally from El Salvador over a decade ago. Now, after years of checking in with immigration officers, he is told he will be deported as his daughter prepares to graduate from high school.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 32, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

Virgen de Tepeyac,

Patroness of the Americas,

Madre sin fronteras,


  • Mix and Match Citizenship Interviews pdf
  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book (Part 12)



Monday, December 11, 2017

A Silicon Valley Job Fair Caters to New Immigrants and Refugees

VOANews: A Silicon Valley Job Fair Caters to New Immigrants and Refugees

More than a million college-educated immigrants in the U.S. are in low skilled jobs, according to estimates. But they have trouble finding work in their professions, including in the U.S. tech industry, which desperately needs skilled workers. A special technology industry job fair this week in San Francisco brought together refugees and new immigrants with potential employers. VOA's Michelle Quinn reports.
Originally published at -

Learn more at Upwardly Global

There are about 2 million immigrants and refugees currently in the U.S. who have college degrees from their home countries but are unemployed or working far below their skill level. Upwardly Global is the first and longest-serving organization that helps these men and women integrate into the professional American workforce.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Resources for Human Rights Day

uscitizenpod: A Quick Guide to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

HRAC videos:

More resources:

USCIS 100:9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • life
  • liberty
  • pursuit of happiness

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What is a U Visa?

uscitizenpod: What is a U Visa?

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs very year from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. You can learn more at or checkout Twitter or Instagram hashtags #16days, #16daysofactivism, or #OrangeTheWorld

There is no Citizenship interview or quiz today. Instead we are going to talk about the USCIS U Visa: Relief for Victims of Criminal Activity. Listen and learn--there maybe something on this short podcast that you can use to help a friend, a family member, or even a total stranger.

This podcast is a follow-up to our December 4 podcast about the T Visa: Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking. Also see our Nov 25 blog post, Resources for immigrants Against Gender-Based Violence Look for our Dec 10 post: Resources for Human Rights Day; and Dec 15, Bill of Rights Day Let's get started.

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is relief for the victims of violent crimes. In 2000, Congress passed a law called the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act which included the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act. This law strengthened the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute violent crimes committed in the United States such as: Domestic Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, Incest, Marriage Fraud, Prostitution, Sexual Assault,and Trafficking.

When these crimes occur, many victims choose to remain silent because of their immigration status, inability to speak English, or mistrust of the "strangers" such as police or doctors. A victim may avoid getting medical attention for her injuries because questions that might be asked that are too painful to answer. She doesn't want to answer the question, "Who hurt you?" Although it may seem that she is protecting her abuser, she simply wants the pain to stop. And sometimes a victim to too ashamed to tell her own friends and family.

To fight against these violent crimes in the immigrant community, the USCIS issues a U visa, which allows documented and undocumented victims to stay and work temporarily in the United States. In return, the victims help the police by identifying criminals and testifying about crimes.

The U Visa can lead to legal permanent status and naturalization for the survivor and their immediate family. Because of the many laws involved with violent crimes, a victim is strongly advised to work with lawyers accredited through the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The lawyers can help the crime victim fill out USCIS Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status. It is also helpful to include Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification in which a law enforcement official provides more information about the criminal case.

Finally, the victim must write a personal letter (statement) which describes the crime and how it changed the victim's life. The victim may also need to provide police, court, or medical records related to the crime. More forms are needed to apply for visas for a survivor's family members. But the time and effort is worth it. The victim is not only fighting for justice on their own behalf, they are helping to restore the peace and security in their own family and community at large.

If you are a victim of a violent crime, call 911.

To learn more about the U Visa, go to

Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status  

Víctimas de actos criminales: estatus U de no inmigrante

I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

ILRC: U Visa/T Visa/VAWA

ILRC: A Guide to Obtaining U Visa Certifications

ILRC: Cómo obtener una visa U: Ayuda inmigratoria para victimas de crimen

ILRC: Immigration Relief for Immigrant Survivors of Abuse: Comparative Quick Reference Chart

Android Users! You can now listen to US Citizenship Podcast on Spotify on your Android mobile devices!

Friday, December 8, 2017

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception located in Washington, D.C., honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the United States and celebrates the diversity of the American Catholicism. (take a virtual tour)

As a Roman Catholic, I am proud to share my religious and cultural heritage that informs my work as an ESL/Citizenship teacher. 

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.