Tuesday, November 12, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 16, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School

N-400
  • Mix and Match Interviews C2 and Civics Quiz (Systems of Government)
  • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Part 12 Additional Questions
  • n-400r-12d   Group Violence
    • Review the interview/civics worksheet
    • note family related info such as emergency contact
    • Pair up students to interview each other
    • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
    Civics
    • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: Ch 1: Welcome to America
    • Star Spangled Banner Dictation 1
    Integration

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    Citizenship Resources for Veterans Day



    A Citizenship Question in Honor of Veterans Day

    PODCAST: 
    A 21-Question "Salute" for Veterans Day based on the USCIS 100qs
    http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/vet-day-quiz.mp3

    This quiz is based on :
    •  A 21-Question “Salute” for Veterans Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs (PDF) http://goo.gl/26JpWO

    More Veterans Day Resources from uscitizenpod:


    Also check one of the best ESL sites on the web: ELCivics.com: Veterans Day http://goo.gl/mcIm2y

    One of my favorite ESL sites: ESLPod.com Blog: When They Moved Veterans Day (Then Moved It Back Again)


    USCIS Resources for Veterans Day

    USArmy/USCIS: Immigrant to citizen: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Army work on naturalization By Arwen Consaul, USCISmediaTX, Nov 9, 2016

    USCIS: Veterans Week Ceremonies 2016 via Twitter Moments
    Congrats to our #newUScitizens that took part in some of our Veterans week celebration ceremonies. 

    Thank you #immigrantvet Happy #VeteransDay 

    VOANews Blog: Native Americans Fight to Save Language That Helped Win WWII
    During World War II, the U.S. military recruited Native American Navajo speakers and, together, they developed a code to send secret information past Japanese and German code-breakers. The code was never broken.

    VOA Learning English: America Celebrates Veterans Day (2017)
    November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. But because Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, Friday, November 10 is a federal holiday.  A “veteran” is anyone who has served in the armed forces. Veterans Day honors the living. A separate holiday, Memorial Day in May, honors those who died in military service. (Read more)

    VOANews: Lance P. Sijan Award Recalls Bravery of Vietnam War Air Force Pilot (2017)
    Since 1981, the U.S. Air Force has been presenting the Lance P. Sijan Award to individuals who demonstrate the highest qualities of leadership in the Air Force and in their lives. It is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Air Force.It's name honors the bravery  of an Air Force pilot who was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War -- Lance P. Sijan. VOA's Nikoleta Ilic has the story on this Veteran's Day holiday.

    VOANews: N.Y. Veterans Day Parade to Honor Two WWII Heroes
    Two distinguished Americans who made their mark both during and after World War II will be honored at Wednesday's Veterans Day parade in New York. This was the first time acclaimed TV writer Norman Lear, who was B-17 gunner during the war, and educator Roscoe Brown, a fighter pilot who was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, had met, but not the first time their lives had crossed. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
    Originally published at -http://www.voanews.com/media/video/new-york-veterans-day-parate-honor-two-world-war-two-heroes/3052053.html

    VOANews: Military Brides Get Free Wedding Gowns on Veterans Day
    On Veterans Day, the United States recognizes its military service members for the personal sacrifices they make to protect the country. And for several years now, some bridal salons have been thanking them in a tangible way -- by giving military brides free wedding gowns. On this Veterans Day, VOA's Adrianna Zhang went to one such salon in Virginia and came back with this report.
    Originally published at -http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3054450.html

    VOANews: US Army Recruits Immigrants, Rewards Them With Citizenship (2009)
    The U.S. Army is stepping up efforts to recruit more skilled soldiers by offering immigrants a fast track to U.S. citizenship if they enlist.The move comes as the Pentagon prepares to send several thousand more troops to Afghanistan and with the war in Iraq in its sixth year.

    VOA Learning English: Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Become a Force in Politics
    Soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly running for office and winning seats. They include four female veterans. Among them is Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

    And I stand here before you today because my buddies didn’t leave me behind. They literally lifted me up and carried me off the battlefield and saved my life. After everything they did to save me, I really feel that I owe them.”

    Videos:
    Happy #VeteransDay from US Citizenship Podcast! 

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    San Gabriel Valley a Mecca for Asian Americans



    VOAnews: San Gabriel Valley a Mecca for Asian Americans

    The capital of Asia America is one description used for an area spanning 36 kilometers just east of downtown Los Angeles, called the San Gabriel Valley. Close to half a million Asians live in this region. It's an Asian enclave where nine cities in the area are majority-Asian. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has more on why so many Asians live there and the countries they represent.

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 15, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School

    Mildred got a new manicure for her USCIS Fingerprinting Appointment!

    N-400
      Civics
      • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: Civics Review
      • si.edu: The Court
      Integration

      Tuesday, November 5, 2019

      U.S. Citizenship Class 14, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School


      N-400
        Civics
        • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: Judicial Branch
        • si.edu: The Court
        Integration

        Monday, November 4, 2019

        Van's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview



        uscitizenpod: Van's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview--UPDATED!

        Download the script: A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)

        Sunday, November 3, 2019

        U.S. Court Naturalizes 30 new citizens in St. George, Utah



        Community Education Channel: U.S. Court Naturalizes 30 new citizens in St. George, Utah

        ST. GEORGE, Utah (5/14/19) – It was first time that a Naturalization Ceremony was held at Dixie State University at Cox Auditorium. It was the largest ceremony in a single setting. Thirty applicants from 12 countries took an oath of citizenship on Tuesday. Many of them waited a decade or longer to qualify and receive final approval as a United States citizen. The ceremony was well attended by friends, family members as well as patriots and judges.

        Saturday, November 2, 2019

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2019



        uscitizenpod: Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2019

        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)
        •  May 4, 2019-- Rachel Held Evans, religious author 
        •  May 19, 2019--Nativo Lopez-Vigil, immigrant rights activist
        •  July 16, 2019--John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court justice
        •  Aug 5, 2019--Toni Morrison, author
        •  Sept 17, 2019--"Cokie" Roberts, political reporter
        •  Oct 17, 2019--Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representatives (MD)
        •  Oct 27, 2019--John Conyers, U.S. Representatives (MI)

        Remember all those who died trying to escape violence and live in freedom.

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2019 read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2019.pdf

        Citizenship Resources for Halloween, All Saints, and Day of the Dead  http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2019/10/citizenship-resources-for-halloween-all.html

        Friday, November 1, 2019

        Citizenship Resources for Halloween, All Saints, and Day of the Dead



        Many children like to dress up as superheroes for Halloween. Their favorite, Superman, was a refugee who made America his home. Superman, like many immigrants, "fights for truth, justice and the American Way!" 
        What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? (53)

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2019
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2019.mp3 
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2019.pdf
        watch: coming soon

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2018
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2018.mp3
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2018.pdf
        watch: https://youtu.be/8keZs7fjIDc

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2017
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2017.mp3
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2017.pdf
        watch: https://youtu.be/ihsW_9GiO3Q

        Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2016
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/day-of-the-dead-2016.mp3
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2016.pdf

        A Citizenship Quiz for Halloween 2015
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-halloween-quiz.mp3
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-halloween.pdf

        A Citizenship Quiz for All Saints Day Podcast 2015
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-all-saints.mp3
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-all-saints.pdf

        Citizenship Quiz for Day of the Dead Podcast 2015
        read: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead.mp3
        listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead.pdf


        More Resources:

        5 Ghosts of Presidents Haunting White House: Lincoln's Ghost and 4 more!
        https://youtu.be/Pr11DyYT1s8 

        Day of the Dead Honors Loved Ones Who Died, and Celebrates the Living
        https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/a-23-2007-10-25-voa1-83135282/128016.html

        Dead Honored in Various Ways
        https://youtu.be/f3cRohj2vEA

        Everyday conversations: What’s your Halloween costume?
        https://share.america.gov/everyday-conversations-halloween-costumes/

        Halloween
        https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/halloween.pdf

        Los Angeles Marks American Tradition with 'Pumpkin Nights'
        https://youtu.be/q43q0k8fD0I

        Notable Deaths 2018: Politics and Public Affairs
        https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/notable-deaths-politics-public-affairs.html

        Special Halloween-themed citizenship ceremony takes place in Chicago
        http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/special-halloween-themed-citizenship-ceremony-takes-place-in-chicago

        Washington Residents Celebrate Halloween With Healthy Run Through Cemetery
        https://youtu.be/sliDJMhKbdQ

        Thursday, October 31, 2019

        U.S. Citizenship Class 13, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School


        N-400
        • Mix and Match Interviews B4
        • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Part 12 Additional Questions
        • n-400r-12b   Affiliations
          • Review the interview/civics worksheet
          • note family related info such as emergency contact
          • Pair up students to interview each other
          • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
          Civics
          • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: Judicial Branch
          • si.edu: The Court
          Integration

          Wednesday, October 30, 2019

          USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements



          uscitizenpod: USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements
          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.  
          Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
          https://www.uscis.gov/i-912

          Additional Information on Filing a Fee Waiver
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver

          Eligibility
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver#Eligibility

          What is a means-tested benefit?
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver#meanstested

          How to show you are currently receiving a means-tested benefit
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver#meanstested

          Federal Poverty Guidelines
          https://www.uscis.gov/i-912p

          Financial Hardship
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver#financial_hardship

          How requesting a fee waiver affects your current immigration status
          https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver#status

          uscitizenpod: USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements (subtitled video of this podcast episode)
          Video posted October 28, 2019.
          http://bit.ly/I-912-2019

          uscitizenpod: The USCIS N-400 and Fee Waivers (includes Fee Reduction)
          Video posted January 13, 2018.
          Available at http://bit.ly/I-912-2018

          10/25/2019 USCIS Press Release
          I-912 Revised Criteria Provides Clarity for Demonstrating Eligibility
          https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-fee-waiver-requirements

          WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biometric services. 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.

          A means-tested benefit is a public benefit—offered by federal, state, or local agencies—for which eligibility and amount considerations are based on a person’s income and resources. USCIS formerly considered Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Supplemental Security Income during eligibility evaluations.

          USCIS has determined that receiving a means-based benefit is not an appropriate criteria in reviewing fee-waiver requests because income levels used to decide local assistance eligibility vary greatly from state to state.

          “USCIS relies on fees to cover the costs of adjudicating applications and petitions, implementing operational efforts, and ensuring the nation’s lawful immigration system is properly administered,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “USCIS waives hundreds of millions of dollars in fees annually. The revised fee waiver process will improve the integrity of the program and the quality and consistency of fee waiver approvals going forward. Providing clear direction to agency adjudicators for more uniform determinations will help us to uphold our mission of efficiently and fairly adjudicating immigration requests.”

          USCIS has estimated that the annual dollar amount of fee waivers increased from around $344.3 million in fiscal year 2016 to $367.9 million in FY 2017. In FY 2018, the estimated annual dollar amount of fee waivers USCIS granted was $293.5 million. Fee revenues account for more than 95% of the USCIS budget.

          Under the revised criteria, 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.

          However, USCIS will require applicants to complete Form I-912 and submit supporting documentation, including federal income tax transcripts. USCIS will not accept a letter stating the applicant is unable to afford filing fees or biometric services without a completed Form I-912.

          As of Dec. 2, those seeking a fee waiver must submit the 10/24/19 version of this form to request a waiver of a required fee for immigration benefits. After Dec. 2, USCIS will reject any Form I-912 with an edition date of 03/13/18 or earlier, a fee waiver request submitted with a letter, or documentation of receipt of means-tested benefit to show eligibility for a fee waiver. USCIS will adjudicate any fee waiver request postmarked before Dec. 2 under the previous policy, AFM 10.9, Waiver of Fees.

          The new form does not change the applications and petitions that are eligible for a fee waiver. For the list of eligible applications and petitions, see the Form I-912 Instructions. In addition, USCIS has updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to accompany this form revision. The updated policy guidance is effective on Dec. 2.

          For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

          Tuesday, October 29, 2019

          U.S. Citizenship Class 12, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School

          New US Citizen Hieu and Phuong
          N-400
          • Mix and Match Interviews B3 and USCIS 100:26-36
          • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Part 12 Additional Questions
          • n-400r-12    Additional Info Overview
          • n-400r-12a   General Info
            • Review the interview/civics worksheet
            • note family related info such as emergency contact
            • Pair up students to interview each other
            • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
            Civics
            • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: Judicial Branch
            • si.edu: The Court
            Integration
            • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Angelica Mendoza pdf mp3 video

            Monday, October 28, 2019

            Update to USCIS Form N-400 Application for Naturalization



            uscitizenpod: Update to USCIS Form N-400 Application for Naturalization

            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 barcode encodes info as the N-400 is filled out online. This barcode does not appear on the print copy.

            The updated N-400 (09/17/19) questions are the same as the old N-400 (12/23/16).

            The late 2018--early 2019 proposed questions were not adopted by the updated N-400 (09/17/19).

            These questions were possibly disregarded after an extended period of discussion with legal experts and stake holders.

            This video is a correction to the following video:

            Preview of the Revised USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization (March 2019)
            https://youtu.be/jMWCwr4EIc4
            posted Feb 8, 2019

            Sunday, October 27, 2019

            I'm a US citizen! + Lit AF Halloween party*🎃| tani



            Tani: I'm a US citizen! + Lit AF Halloween party*🎃| tani

            Tani talks about her Citizenship interview from 3:34 to 13:34. Plus she goes out with her family for celebration breakfast.  Later in the video she goes to a Halloween party.  Congrats Tani!

            Friday, October 25, 2019

            Baseball Brings Sense of Unity to Politically Divided Washington



            VOANews: Baseball Brings Sense of Unity to Politically Divided Washington

            In international diplomacy, sports can sometimes act to bridge bitter divides between longstanding rivals. A similar unifying force could be at work, at least temporarily, in America's politically-polarized capital city. VOA’s Brian Padden reports, Democrats and Republicans are coming together to support the Washington Nationals baseball team playing in Major League Baseball's World Series.

            POP QUIZ

            USCIS 100:45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*

            USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*

            Thursday, October 24, 2019

            U.S. Citizenship Class 11, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School

            New US citizen: Van Thi Bach Thach!


            N-400
            • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Family and Children
            • Mix and Match Interviews B2 and USCIS 100:13-23
              • Review the interview/civics worksheet
              • note family related info such as emergency contact
              • Pair up students to interview each other
              • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
              Civics
              Integration

              Wednesday, October 23, 2019

              A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of German-American Day



              Two Questions for German American Day





              German-American Day honors the first group of German families who immigrated to colonial America and arrived in Philadelphia on October 6, 1683. Here are ten Citizenship questions which incorporates German-born Americans-by-Choice.

              Tuesday, October 22, 2019

              U.S. Citizenship Class 10, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School


              N-400
              • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Job and Travel
              • Mix and Match Interviews B1 and USCIS 100:01-12
                • Review the interview/civics worksheet
                • note family related info such as emergency contact
                • Pair up students to interview each other
                • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
                Civics
                • Citizenship Ready for the Interview: The Congress
                Integration


                Monday, October 21, 2019

                US Citizenship Bootcamp Interview 1



                uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Bootcamp Interview 1

                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
                1. Name
                2. Permanent Resident
                3. Citizen
                4. Married
                5. Month
                6. Year
                7. Constitution
                8. Vote
                9. President
                You can order US Citizenship Bootcamp by Jennifer Gagliardi from any bookstore or library.

                Saturday, October 19, 2019

                Powerful, Respected US Congressman at Center of Impeachment Inquiry Dies



                VOANews: Powerful, Respected US Congressman at Center of Impeachment Inquiry Dies

                Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a powerful and respected voice in Washington, passed away Thursday at the age of 68. Cummings was one of the heads of an impeachment committee investigating President Donald Trump. The late U.S. congressman, who represented the state of Maryland, was also an inspirational figure for many, especially African Americans. VOA's Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.

                USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*

                USCIS 100:21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

                USCIS 100:22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

                USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

                USCIS 100:25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

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

                Wednesday, October 16, 2019

                Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month




                Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Italian-American Heritage Month 



                Also check out:

                The four-part Ken Burns 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.

                Tuesday, October 15, 2019

                U.S. Citizenship Class 08, Fall 2019, Milpitas Adult School



                N-400
                • Citizenship: Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub, Quick Overview--Name, Address, Job
                • Mix and Match Interviews A5 and Civics Names and Position
                  • Review the interview/civics worksheet
                  • note new N-400 Part 12 vocabulary such as claimed, vote, taxes, crime,
                  • Pair up students to interview each other
                  • Visit the pairs to help with meaning, pronunciation, etc
                  Civics
                  • Citizenship Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub: The Constitution
                  Integration

                  Monday, October 14, 2019

                  Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day Citizenship Resources 2019




                  American English at State: Celebrate!


                  ELCivics.com 


                  LearningChocolate.com 

                  SI.edu


                  US Citizenship Podcast 






                  VOANews: Voice of America