This is Teacher Jennifer from US Citizenship Podcast. Every week, we bring you practice interviews, quizzes, resources, and the latest news that help you get ready for your US citizenship interview. Happy Spring! Before we begin today’s interview, I encourage you to visit the updated USCIS.GOV homepage. Of particular note are their Self-Service Tools under the TOOLS header. You can easily file your N-400 online, check your case status, check application processing times, and access many other services. In honor of Persian New Year (Nowruz)
(celebrated on the First Day of Spring) we are going to revisit an practice Citizenship interview that I recorded in 2007 with a fellow ESL teacher and great friend, Nilou from Isfahan, Iran. Every year, Teacher Nilou sets up a “Haft-Seen” in her classroom, a special table with seven fruits. Students enjoy learning about Nowruz (Persian New Year), a holiday that is widely celebrated in western Asia, middle-eastern communities in America, and even in the White House. Check the show notes for more Citizenship Resources in Farsi. Let’s get started. Do you promise to tell the truth? Yes I do What is an oath? An oath is a promise.
I promise to tell the truth. Why are you here today? I want to become an American citizen. Why do you want to become an American citizen? I love America! I love freedom! There are many good opportunities here. How did you get here today? I drove my car. What do you miss the most about your old country? I miss my mom! That’s the only thing I miss. Show me your Green Card, your Driver’s License, your Passport, or your Photo ID. Here are my Green Card, my Passport, and my Photo ID. What is your full name? Pari Akbari What is your last name? My last name is Akbari and my first name is Pari. Please spell Akbari. A – K – B – A – R – I Is the name on your Green Card the same as your current legal name? Yes it is. What is the basis for your eligibility to become an American citizen? I am over 18 years old and have been a legal permanent resident in the US for five years. When did you become a permanent resident? I became a legal permanent resident (on) July 22, 2002. What was your Port of Entry? I entered the United States at San Francisco Airport (SFO). What is your country at birth? Iran Where were you born in Iran? I was born in Isfahan. What is your country of nationality? Iran What is your current marital status? I am married What is your current home address? My home address is 1205 Monte Drive Milpitas, California 95035. What is your home telephone? 408-934-1230 How long have you lived at your current home address? I have lived at my current home address
since 2002. Do you work? Yes I work Where do you work? I work at Sinnott School What is your job? I’m a teacher Have you worked anywhere else in the past 5 years? No I haven’t Now I’m gonna ask you about your trips outside the United States. Have you taken any trips outside the United States? Yes they have How many total days did you spend outside the United States during the past 5 years? I was outside of the US for 40 days. How many trips have you taken outside the United States during the past five years? I have taken one trip outside of the US during the past five years. Have you taken any more trips outside the United States since you submitted your N-400? No I haven’t Tell me about your last trip. When didyou leave? I left the US on June 25, 2003 And what day did you come back? I returned to the US on September 2, 2003 Did the trip last for more than six months? No, the trip didn’t last for more than six months. Where did you go? I went to Iran How long were you gone? I was gone for (I think) almost 40 days Why did you go? I went to visit my family. Have you taken any more trips? No I haven’t What is the name of your husband? My husband’s name is Ali Akbari And what is his date of birth? His date of birth is June 24, 1960 What is the date of your marriage? My date of marriage is July 22, 1996. What is his home address? He lives me. Is he an American citizen? Yes he is What is his country of birth? He’s born in Iran How many children do you have? I have one son and one daughter Are they American citizens? Yes they are What were their countries of birth? Their countries of birth is the United States Do they live with you? Yes they do Now I’m going to ask you the N-400 Part 10 (Part 12) questions. Are you ready? Yes Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No Have you ever voted in the United States? No Do you pay your taxes every year? Yes Do you owe any taxes? No Have you ever been declared legally incompetent? No Do you belong to any groups or organizations? No Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? No Have you ever been a terrorist? No Have you ever committed a crime? No Have you ever been arrested? No Have you ever been in jail? No Have you ever been a habitual drunkard? No Have you ever sold or smuggled illegal drugs? No Have you ever gambled illegally? No Have you ever lied to the US government? No Have you ever been deported? No What does “deported” mean? “Deported” means that I came to America illegally And the government finds out and they want to send me back home. Do you support the Constitution and the form of government of the United States? Yes I do What is the Constitution? The Constitution is the supreme law of the land What is the U.S. form of government? The United States has a democratic and republican form of government Do you understand the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States? Yes What is the Oath of Allegiance? I promise with my life to be loyal to the United States If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms on behalf of the United States? Yes What does to “bear arms” mean? “To bear arms” means that I will use a weapon to protect the U.S. if the government tells me to do so. If the law requires it. are you willing to perform noncombatant services for the U.S. Armed Services? Yes What does non-combatant mean? “Noncombatant” means that I will helpand support the US Army by being a nurse or a translator. If the law requires it, are you willing to perform work of national importance under civilian direction? Yes Do you promise that everything that you have said during this interview is true? Yes Now I’m gonna give you dictation sentences. Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States How do you spell Washington, D.C.? W – A – S – H – I – N -G -T -O – N , – D. – C. Good. And how do you spell Capital? C – A P – I -T – A – L Congratulations! You will be a great American citizen! Thank you very much! Thanks to the students & staff of Milpitas Adult School. A special thanks goes out to Teacher Nilou. Please visit us on the web at uscitizenpod.com where you can find more Citizenship resources for Persian New Year. While you are there, click the link for
USALearns Citizenship a free online Citizenship preparation course from the Sacramento County Office of Education. You can also click the link to visit the uscitizenpod channel on YouTube, download our free apps, or buy our book, US CITIZENSHIP BOOTCAMP, which is now available Amazon or ESLPublishing.com Thanks for listening. I know that you will be a great American citizen. نوروز مبارک