Friday, April 19, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 65 | 2024


 

  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs) Script
  • Before the Interview: 7 Questions about Exemptions and Accommodations PLUS 65/20 Civics Questions video
 أسئلة التربية المدنية للمتمتعين بالإعفاء 20/65 
65/20 면제에 해당되는 공민/역사 시험 문제
Các câu Hỏi của Công Dân về Miễn Trừ 65/20
N-400
Civics:
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Thursday, April 18, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 64 | 2024

 


The Muthurajans visited Milpitas Adult School to record a practice interview for the mother.  Here are three more comments about the interview:

NOTE 1: Most examiners would ask if the applicant has any requested any ACCOMMODATIONS or EXEMPTIONS

NOTE 2: USCIS may ask further questions about financial support.  Many retirees have pensions/savings or are supported by their family. Prepare your answer.

NOTE 3: I forgot to ask a very important question about TAXES.  USCIS asks everyone about taxes.  Many retirees do not pay taxes because they don't have an income.  (However some retirees do have income from investments.  Prepare your correct response!)
  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs) Script
  • Before the Interview: 7 Questions about Exemptions and Accommodations PLUS 65/20 Civics Questions video
 أسئلة التربية المدنية للمتمتعين بالإعفاء 20/65 
65/20 면제에 해당되는 공민/역사 시험 문제
Các câu Hỏi của Công Dân về Miễn Trừ 65/20
N-400
Civics:
USA Learns 
Learn More:

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 63 | 2024

 

  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs) Script
  • Before the Interview: 7 Questions about Exemptions and Accommodations PLUS 65/20 Civics Questions video
 أسئلة التربية المدنية للمتمتعين بالإعفاء 20/65 
65/20 면제에 해당되는 공민/역사 시험 문제
Các câu Hỏi của Công Dân về Miễn Trừ 65/20
N-400
Civics:
USA Learns 
Learn More:

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 62 | 2024

 

uscitizenpod: Tasleem's Interview
  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs) Script
  • Before the Interview: 7 Questions about Exemptions and Accommodations PLUS 65/20 Civics Questions video
 أسئلة التربية المدنية للمتمتعين بالإعفاء 20/65 
65/20 면제에 해당되는 공민/역사 시험 문제
Các câu Hỏi của Công Dân về Miễn Trừ 65/20
N-400
Civics:
USA Learns 
Learn More:

Monday, April 15, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 61 | 2024

 

  • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Senior Citizens or Those Who Request Accommodations/Exemptions plus the USCIS 100qs for 65/20 Applicants (8 pgs) Script
  • Before the Interview: 7 Questions about Exemptions and Accommodations PLUS 65/20 Civics Questions video
 أسئلة التربية المدنية للمتمتعين بالإعفاء 20/65 
65/20 면제에 해당되는 공민/역사 시험 문제
Các câu Hỏi của Công Dân về Miễn Trừ 65/20
N-400
Civics:
USA Learns 
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Sunday, April 14, 2024

NY Historical Society: The Citizenship Project: The Oath of Allegiance

 
 

Taking the Oath of Allegiance is an important part of the U.S. Citizenship Test. But what new duties and responsibilities do people swear to uphold? The New-York Historical Society Citizenship Project offers free civics test preparation classes for green card holders. 

Watch the NY Historical Society: The Citizenship Project video playlist

 Sign up for one of their free Citizenship classes.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

U.S. Immigration News


U.S. Immigration, source: Simrin, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


Read more news articles about immigration, naturalization and citizenship at VOA Immigration


In recent years, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge in undocumented migrants from India, most slipping in through Mexico. But as the U.S.-Mexico border faces growing pressure, many are turning to a less conventional path: crossing the expansive and lightly guarded border with Canada. READ MORE


Chinese migrants coming across the southern U.S. border say they made the treacherous journey to flee China’s authoritarian rule, to seek the American dream or escape growing political and economic uncertainty at home.  But the challenges do not end after they arrive, and some are deciding to return to China, while others have no choice.  READ MORE


 

Friday, April 12, 2024

New Form N-400 Annotated Version from ILRC.org

 


On April 1, 2024, USCIS issued a new naturalization form (Form N-400) for public use. To assist practitioners and volunteers in completing the new N-400 form, ILRC developed this annotated form

The annotated form explains many of the questions, why specific questions are on the form, how to complete certain questions, and which questions are “red flags” and thus need advice from experienced attorneys or Department of Justice accredited representatives. 

This annotated form will help guide practitioners and volunteers while completing the new N-400. 

Please note that this annotated form is not a substitute for knowing the full details of all the legal requirements for naturalization and the risks of applying for naturalization if the applicant falls into any of the “red flag” categories.  DOWNLOAD

Thursday, April 11, 2024

How Republicans and Democrats got their animal symbols

USCIS 100:45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*
 
USCIS 100:46. What is the political party of the President now?
 

VOA News: How Republicans and Democrats got their animal symbols

In the United States, the two major political parties have been illustrated by a donkey, symbolizing the Democratic Party, or an elephant, symbolizing the Republican Party. The images are used on campaign-related materials. But why were these two beasts chosen?

Both U.S. political parties have an animal symbol:

A donkey for Democrats, and an elephant for Republicans.

And they plaster the symbols everywhere: On hats, pins, T-shirts and mugs.

But how did that come to be?

The donkey symbol dates to Andrew Jackson’s presidential campaign in 1828.

Jackson’s opponents labeled him a jackass — another name for donkey.

But Jackson had the last laugh. He incorporated donkeys on his campaign posters — and won.

Political cartoonists perpetuated the link between Democrats and donkeys.

The most famous was Thomas Nast, known as the “Father of the American Cartoon.”

He is also credited for popularizing the Republican elephant.

His satirical drawings appeared in Harper’s Weekly in the 1870s.

But the Republican elephant appeared much earlier in the pro-Lincoln campaign newspaper, Father Abraham.

An elephant is holding up a banner celebrating Union military victories.

It’s a play on the expression “seeing the elephant,” which soldiers used during the Civil War, meaning “engaging in combat.”

Republicans’ embrace of the elephant has only grown stronger over time.

President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, had an “elephant room” in their California home.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan was given a baby elephant by the president of Sri Lanka.

Today, Republicans claim the elephant as the party’s official symbol. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Blessed Eid al-Fitr!

Eid al-Fitr is called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.




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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Resources for National Library Week

See the original NLW 1958 poster

In honor of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (April 13, 1743), US Citizenship Podcast celebrates National Library Week 2023. Libraries help transform immigrants into newUScitizens-to-be by providing including study guides, cds/dvds, online courses, and ESL/Citizenship classes.  Learn more about US Citizenship at your local library!

POP QUIZ Background:

After the British burned U.S. capital to the ground (1814), Jefferson donated his personal library to the US government.  Jefferson's library became the core of the Library of Congress, the national library of the United States.


POP QUIZ Civics Questions
  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
  2. Name one branch or part of the government.*
  3. Who makes federal laws?
  4. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
  5. What is the capital of the United States?*
USCIS.gov: Libraries
Libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities. Through our joint effort with IMLS, we plan to educate librarians, and in turn their immigrant customers, on topics ranging from naturalization, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and the importance of digital literacy.
American Library Association: 
Arlington TV: U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at Arlington VA Central Library (video)
U. S. General Naturalization Ceremony held April 12, 2018 at the Arlington Central Library, Arlington, VA.

Arlington County Library: Special US Naturalization - Arlington VA 
with Deaf Performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Mayari Loza

Burton Barr Library Youth Naturalization Ceremony 2012
Phoenix area residents take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens during a special ceremony at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Members of the Library Teen Council facilitate the event.

Hartford Public Library: The American Place (TAP) 
HPL/TAP is a free program of Hartford Public Library designed to welcome immigrants and ease their transition into their new home city. TAP promotes Hartford’s shared civic values and its vibrant cultural multiplicity.  Check out HPL/TAP course: Citizenship on the Go.

Folsom Library Helps Welcome New US Citizens
The Folsom Library hosts the swearing in of 25 new US Citizens. This is the ninth year that the US Citizenship Immigration Services has partnered with the library to present this ceremony.

200 New Citizens Take Oath At JFK Library
Two hundred immigrants became American citizens at JFK Library in Boston. WBZ-TV's Ken MacLeod reports. Published on Feb 9, 2017.

The Jones Library Study Guides for The Citizenship Test
The Jones Library E.S.L. Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area. Check out their pdf/audio study guides.

US Naturalization Oath Ceremony, Jones Library, September 4, 2019

The recording of a naturalization and citizenship ceremony at the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Kansas City Public Library: Naturalization Ceremony at Central Library
On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 about 110 applicants from 45 countries were sworn in as citizens of the United States.


KMBC: KC library hosts naturalization ceremony (2019)
Sixty immigrants from 32 different countries took the oath of citizenship Tuesday at the Kansas City Library downtown.

King County Library: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Learn how to become a U.S. Citizen and study for the naturalization test.

Los Angeles Public Library - Community Member Testimonial by Sergio Sanchez
I have always had a dream to one day become a citizen of the United States because this country opens doors for everyone who wants to be successful and build a family.  I am so grateful to the Los Angeles Public Library for helping me and my family reach our dreams.  The library helped me—and my wife—become citizens, it helped me improve my English, and it helped my son with his education so he could go to college to become a chemical engineer.

Louisville Free Public Library (FaceBook post)
On March 1, 2019, we welcomed 99 new American citizens from 35 home countries today at the Naturalization Ceremony!

New York Public Library
Pima Library: Welcome to America 
Pima County Public Library recognizes, welcomes, and celebrates immigrants for their contributions to our shared success.   

Otis Library: Naturalization Ceremony at Otis Library on April 13, 2018
Otis Library leads in our community by hosting a Naturalization Ceremony for 19 New US Citizens from 13 different countries during National Library Week

Salt Lake City Public Library's President's Day Naturalization Ceremony
Salt Lake City welcomed 29 new citizens to the United States at the Downtown library, with remarks from President Obama and Mayor Biskupski.

San Francisco Public Libraries Citizenship Resources
Prepare for the USCIS naturalization interview with the helpful resources available in several languages at sfpl.org, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of local organizations that can help you with the naturalization process. Check out their SFPL multilingual citizenship videos.

Schaumburg Library Citizenship Oath Ceremony
See footage from a Citizenship Ceremony at the Schaumburg Library. Approximately 70 immigrants became new US citizens.

West Irving Library Citizenship Classes (video)
In a special class offered at the West Irving Library, some people are getting help in their quest to become U.S. citizens.


Santa Clara County Library Citizenship Resources
Prepare for U.S. citizenship with these helpful resources, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of web resources that can help you with the naturalization process.

Does your library provide information on U.S. citizenship? Are you looking for ways to improve your services to your immigrant communities?  Join a representative from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to learn about the citizenship process and what free resources are available.  The presentation will give a background on USCIS, the mission, the local field offices, IMLS Partnership, why libraries should be involved, setting up Citizenship Corners, and resources available online and in print to better assist patrons inquiring about the naturalization process.


updated 2023-04-01