Saturday, October 31, 2015

Citizenship Quiz for Halloween

Citizenship Quiz for Halloween: 10 "spooky" USCIS Civics and History in honor of Halloween.
Check back soon for the podcast and two more quizzes for All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Republican Paul Ryan Is Elected US House Speaker



VOANews: Republican Ryan Is Elected US House Speaker

After a month of drama and division among Republicans, who hold a big majority in the House of Representatives, they united Thursday to elect Representative Paul Ryan as speaker. Ryan got 236 votes; just nine of his fellow Republicans voted for a conservative challenger. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports. Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/republican-ryan-elected-united-states-house-speaker/3028704.html

Monday, October 26, 2015

Milpitas Library Citizenship: Fall 2015 Class 6


Milpitas Library Citizenship Class: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm Join us!

N-400 Practice

Civics Lesson:
Quick Review:
USCIS Resources:
Check back for updates

For earlier classes, please see our new page: Citizenship at the Library and look for Milpitas Library (classes listed according to date).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

New US House Speaker Expected in Coming Days

USCIS: 100:47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?



VOANews: New US House Speaker Expected in Coming Days

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan would succeed John Boehner, who announced his resignation from Congress last month after years of often-futile attempts to unify warring factions.
Oriinally publishes at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/new-us-house-speaker-expected-in-coming-days/3022358.html

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chicago Welcomes the World

In 1929, Chicago welcomed my grandfather, an immigrant from Germany.  He, in turn, sent for my grandmother, and the rest is family history. I am proud to see that Chicago continues to welcome New Americans to the Heartland.  Thank you, Chicago!--Teacher Jennifer



The City of Chicago: Office of New Americans

The Office of New Americans (ONA) is dedicated to improving services and engaging Chicago’s global immigrant communities through enhanced collaboration with community organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Through the creation of the ONA, the City has affirmed and strengthened its support for immigrant communities, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

Chicago New Americans Plan

Friday, October 23, 2015

Citizenship at the Library

uscitizenpod: 
Citizenship at the Library

A page of Citizenship resources and programs at your local Library, featuring the USCIS, Santa Clara County Library District, and the American Library Association.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns

VOA Learning English: What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns 

Presidential candidates and the political journalists who report on their actions use many idioms and expressions that may only be understood by speakers of American English. If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates and reporters are saying.



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Monday, October 19, 2015

Milpitas Library Citizenship: Fall 2015 Class 5

Milpitas Library Citizenship Class

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm  Join us!

N-400 Citizenship Interview

Civics

More Citizenship Resources

Citizenship Classes at the Milpitas Library



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Red, White, and Blue at PIQF 2015

Red, White, and Blue at PIQF 2015

Red, White, and Blue at PIQF 2015

Just a couple of quilts (and 8 citizenship questions--click Show Info) from the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, Oct 15-18, 2015.

Unfortunately, this photo collection doesn't include a great quilt that honors Martin Luther King Jr, a collection of quilts dedicated to Maya Angelou, and "charm" quilt of 50 states license plates--I left my camera at home! :-(

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Route 66: The Highway That's the Best



VOA Learning English News: Route 66: The Highway That's the Best

On November 11, 1926, a 3,900-kilometer long highway was established in the United States.It was not the first American highway. It was not the longest either. And it might not have been the fastest. But the road inspired musicians, writers and filmmakers. Read the story


Vocabulary:
adventure n. an exciting or dangerous experience
get your kicks - expression have fun
opportunity n. an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done: chance
immortalize v. to cause (someone or something) to be remembered forever
decommission - v.  to officially stop using (a ship, weapon, dam, etc.) : to remove (something) from service
abandoned - adj. left by the owner
gratifying - adj. giving pleasure or satisfaction
fast-paced - adj. happening very quickly
thrive - v. to grow or develop successfully; to succeed

Friday, October 16, 2015

Surprising Truth About Where US Immigrants Are Coming From


VOANews Blog: Surprising Truth About Where US Immigrants Are Coming From

More than one in 10 people living in the United States right now was born in another country. Of the 41 million immigrants in the U.S., most come from Mexico, our neighbor to the south.

However, when you take out Mexico out of the equation, a more diverse picture emerges. (read more)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month 2015



uscitizenpod: Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 to Oct 15) Part 2  (updated)
mp3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/hispanic-heritage-month-quiz-2.mp3
pdf: http://goo.gl/5w2F53

Also check out:


Also watch:
USCIS: León Rodríguez, director de USCIS, presenta nuevos recursos de USCIS en español https://youtu.be/Bafnmu9mQOc

And checkout HispanicHeritageMonth.gov


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tasleem Khaldoon talks about her Citizenship Interview



uscitizenpod: Tasleem Khaldoon talks about her Citizenship Interview

Tasleem talks about her Citizenship interview in English and Urdu. You can watch her practice interviews at:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day Citizenship Resources 2015


VOANews: Voice of America 
ELCivics.com 
LearningChocolate.com 
US Citizenship Podcast 



Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day Citizenship Resources


Amerian English at State: Celebrate!


ELCivics.com 
LearningChocolate.com 
US Citizenship Podcast 

VOANews: Voice of America 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month


Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month 

mp3 (2015): http://goo.gl/nx4DZT


pdf (2014): http://goo.gl/uVgdU3



Also check out:

The four-part PBS documentary: The Italian Americans

LOC: Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience

  • Linda Barrett Osborne and Paolo Battaglia discuss their new book comprising a visual history of the Italian American experience from the collections of the Library.
  • Speaker Biography: Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of several books for children on African American history, including "Traveling the Freedom Road." She is a senior writer and editor in the Library's Publishing Office.
  • Speaker Biography: Paolo Battaglia is the head of Universe of Anniversary Books, a specialist in the history of photography, and a graphic designer.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Citi: Cities for Citizenship: San Jose



Citi: Cities for Citizenship: San Jose

The City of San Jose launches Cities for Citizenship, a national campaign to increase citizenship for eligible Legal Permanent Residents, with a naturalization ceremony at Avaya Stadium just before a soccer game for 10 immigrants.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Help Us Test Our Virtual Assistant: Emma


Help Us Test Our Virtual Assistant: Emma

We’re excited to introduce the test version of Emma, our latest customer-friendly innovation.  Emma is a computer-generated assistant.  When complete, she’ll be able to help you navigate through the USCIS website and find answers to your questions. We’ve been inviting various groups to ask her questions so she learns more, and now we’re inviting everyone in the world.  We can’t guarantee yet that she’ll know all the answers, but the more you ask her, the smarter she’ll get.

Here is a recording of my recent "chat" with Emma.  She answered most questions very well, however the term "student" really sent her on a tangent.  I was particularly impressed how she was able to pull up the correct webstes immediately. Check Emma out!

Chat between Emma and Teacher Jennifer:
Hi, I'm Emma! I am being designed to help you find answers about all of the services USCIS provides. Because I'm still in training, please be patient with me while I learn about this website. To hear my answers, turn my sound on at the top of this window. What questions do you have for me today?
how can I check my case status?
Please select the "Check Case Status" link below to check your case status online. On the page that opens, enter your receipt number and press the "Check Status" button.

* This link will take you to a new USCIS.gov site.
thank you
You're welcome. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
I want to sponsor my sister to immigrate from Vietnam. what do I do?
There are two different Affidavit of Support forms. The most commonly used is Form I-864. Form I-864 is used for family-based immigrants and some employment-based immigrants to demonstrate that they will have adequate means of financial support and will not become a public charge. Form I-134 is used by nonimmigrant visa applicants who are required to meet the public charge inadmissibility ground but are not required to file Form I-864. For more information on either of these forms select from the links below.View Page
Need to go back?
ok
What other questions can I help you with?
Emma is cool. Will USCIS add audio capability to Emma's answers. We want to hear your answers, too.
Thanks! I'll pass that on to the people who programmed me!
Is it ok if I make a screencast of a
I'm not sure I understand. Please try rewording your question.
May I make a screencast of a q-and-a session with you and share the video with my students?
If you would like to study as a full-time student in the United States, you will need a student visa. There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the United States. These visas are commonly known as the F-1 academic student visa and the M-1 vocational student visa. Please select from the links below or see the page I've opened for you for more information and eligibility criteria for the F-1 and M-1 visas.
I think you misunderstood my question.
I don't understand your question. Please try asking it in a different way.
May I make a screencast of our questions and answers?
I couldn't quite understand your question. Please try asking it in a different way or choose from the links below for more information.
May I record your answers and share the answers?
What type of records would you like to request?
Emma, do you understand other languages? Can I ask you questions in Chinese of Vietnamese?
Please see the page I've opened for you for the multilingual resources provided by USCIS. Just select the language you'd like more information in to review the documents available to you in that language.View Page
Need to go back?
Thank you for the multilingual resource page.
Please see the page I've opened for you for the multilingual resources provided by USCIS. Just select the language you'd like more information in to review the documents available to you in that language.View Page
Can I ask you questions in Vietnamese?
I'm sorry I don't have any additional information to present to you right now, other than what I have already shared. Please try rewording your question or select the link below to display the content again.
Do you understand Vietnamese?
Right now, I only speak English, but eventually I will be able to speak other languages including Spanish. Is there anything I can help you find today?
I am glad that you understand spanish.
For the Spanish version of USCIS.gov, please see the page I've opened for you. Here you will find all of the information available to you on the English site in your preferred language.View Page
I speak English and my students speak Spanish and Vietnamese.
I've found more than one topic in response to your question. Click below to specify.
Will Emma be available as a mobile app?
USCIS.gov and I are available on the USCIS.gov mobile site. Just access this site on your mobile device and you'll be able to chat with me there, as well!
great!
Thanks! I'll pass that on to the people who programmed me!
Can I have a trascript of this chat?
I am not positive that I understand what you are asking. Please try rewording your question.
Thank you very much for your assistance. I will ask my citizenship students to ask you their questions tonight.
If you would like to study as a full-time student in the United States, you will need a student visa. There are two nonimmigrant visa categories for persons wishing to study in the United States. These visas are commonly known as the F-1 academic student visa and the M-1 vocational student visa. Please select from the links below or see the page I've opened for you for more information and eligibility criteria for the F-1 and M-1 visas.
Who was Emma Lazarus?
I am an Intelligent Virtual Assistant designed to help you with the USCIS.gov website. My designers picked my name for Emma Lazarus who wrote the poem that is on the base of the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free....". How can I help you today?
What is the Great Colossus?
I don't understand your question. Please try asking it in a different way.
Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
I couldn't quite understand your question. Please try asking it in a different way or choose from the links below for more information.
How can I study for the Citizenship Test?
Please select a link below for more information about the components of the English and civics tests. You can also select the guide you are most interested in from the links below.

* This link will take you to a new USCIS.gov site.
Thank you very much for your assistance, Emma.
You're welcome. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
bye-bye!
Goodbye.