Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naturalization: Becoming an American | The New York Times



NYTimes: Naturalization: Becoming an American | The New York Times

Carmen Joan Edwards spent 15 years trying to change her status from illegal immigrant to naturalized citizen. She is now eligible to vote on Election Day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Earth Day



uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS Stamps

In honor of Earth Day 2011 and in celebration of the new USPS GO GREEN Forever stamp series, US Citizenship Podcast presents a collection of stamps reflecting America's ongoing commitment to make EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY!

uscitizenpod: 10 Citizenship Questions in Honor of Earth Day (pdf)

More Earth Day, Arbor Day, and National Parks Weeks Resources



Family Fun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

H1-B Visas Let US Firms Hire Foreigners for Specialized Jobs



VOANews: H1-B Visas Let US Firms Hire Foreigners for Specialized Jobs
Not a US citizen? Got skills? Need work? This might be the visa for you.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/visas-let-united-states-firms-hire-foreigners-for-specialized-jobs/3815828.html

READ MORE ABOUT H1-B Visas

VOANews: US Homeland Security Announces Steps Against H1-B Visa Fraud (2017-04-03)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily. (READ MORE)

VOANews: Employers Look to Fill Seasonal Jobs; Advocates Look to Protect Workers (2017-04-17)
Much of the recent anti-immigration rhetoric in Washington most loudly comes from factions on the political right: H1B, H2B, it’s all about protecting American jobs. But progressive groups — while pro-immigrant — are just as critical of foreign worker visas. Federal regulations on the books, they argue, are inherently insufficient to protect visa holders from abuse. (READ MORE)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 27

N-400

Civics
  • Si.edu: Preparing for the Oath
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Ch 4 Branches of Government pg 57-76

Integration

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lino habla de su entrevista de Ciudadanía



uscitizenpod: Lino habla de su entrevista de Ciudadanía
Lino habla de su examen y entrevista de ciudadanía en español y inglés.

Also watch Lino's Citizenship Interview 
mp4: https://youtu.be/GrwVBoS_r7U

Lino's interview is based on A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)
pdf: http://goo.gl/Q5BhXk
ppt: https://goo.gl/GUfiKY
vocab pdf: https://goo.gl/PsDrG9

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 26


N-400

Civics
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Ch 3 Branches of Government pg 47-56
  • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Government Basics

Integration:

Quiz based on the Casual Interview (in development)



Extra Credit:

Millions of taxpayers are rushing to complete their federal and state filings before the April 18 deadline. Among them are several million people in this country illegally, and there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing than in years past. (Listen and Read)

Income Tax Day

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*

Income Tax Day
Here are fifteen citizenship questions from the N-400 and the USCIS Civics Test about taxes and our economic system. Happy Income Tax Day!

* mp3: http://goo.gl/zRqXYX
* pdf: http://goo.gl/VfuJW2
* Kahoot http://goo.gl/MmQgfx

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
* April 15

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans




Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans 


I wrote this quiz for several reasons. First, to honor Central/Eastern European-American Heritage. Second, to showcase the diversity in the American christian community. Third, to celebrate Easter.

In the past, Western Christians and the Eastern Orthodox have been divided by religion, history, and politics, but as Americans, we are united as one people, and this year, we are celebrating Easter on the same day.

I would also like to introduce, Branka and Tony, from Canada and the former Yugoslavia. Branka is a longtime colleague who currently Projects Coordinator for OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK (otan.us) and recently became a new US citizen.

Quiz answers:
  1. Colonists came to America for freedom.
  2. Freedom of religion is that you can practice any religion or not practice a religion.
  3. America bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803.
  4. The two parts of the US Congress are the Senate and the House of Representatives
  5. Dianne Feinstein is one of the two US senators from the state of California.
  6. Donald Trump is the current President of the United States.
  7. Mike Pence is the current Vice-President of the United States.
  8. Jerry Brown is the current Governor of California.
  9. The two major political parties are Democratic and Republican parties.
  10. The President's Cabinet advises the President.
  11. Ro Khanna is the US Representative of San Jose/Milpitas, California.
  12. Two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy are join a civic group and join a community group.

EXTRA CREDIT: Listen to a great interview with Vlade Divac!
  • StoryCorps: Vivek and Vlade: From New Arrivals To Kings
    • Former Sacramento Kings center and current general manager Vlade Divac is interviewed by his boss, majority owner Vivek Ranadive, in this StoryCorps segment. They talk a little basketball but mostly focus on their shared experience as immigrants.