Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem)

Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem)


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. Today we’re going to listen to an extended Citizenship interview with Teacher Nahil from Jerusalem. She will be the examiner and I will be the applicant (from Mexico) During the interview, she will ask me to define many of the terms from Part 12 of the N-400
(Application for Naturalization) After the interview, she will talk a little bit about the month of Ramadan. We did record this interview on the eve of Ramadan, just before the the holy month began. Let’s get started. Hi, I am Officer Nahil. I will be interviewing you today. Great! Nice to meet you. Why are you here today? I want to become an American citizen. Why do you want to become an American citizen? I want to live with my family in the United States. What do you miss about your old country? I miss my in-laws and I miss the food. Are you ready? Yes. Do you have any questions before we begin ? No. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Yes I do. What did you just promise? I promise to tell the truth. Explain how you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen. I have been a legal permanent resident for five years. Show me your Green Card, Passport, or state -issued photo ID. This is my passport. This is my driver’s license from California. What is your current legal name? My current legal name is Josefina Rios. Spell your family name. R – I – O – S Is is the name on the your Green Card
the same as your current legal name? Yes, it it What is your date of birth? My date of birth is October 14th, 1978. What date did you become a legal permanent resident? I became a legal permanent resident on May 15th, 2013. What is your country of birth? My country of birth is Mexico. What is your country of nationality? My country of nationality is Mexico. Are you requesting any accommodations because of a disability? No, I am not requesting any accommodation. What is your current home address? My current home address is 1331 East Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, California, 95035. How long have you lived at your current home address? Five years. What is your previous home address? I don’t have a previous home address. How do you support yourself? I am a cashier at the store, Mi Pueblo, in San Jose. Have you taken any trips outside the United States in the last five years? Yes, I go to Mexico every year to visit my family. How many trips have you taken outside of the US during the last five years? Six trips. How many total days did you spend outside the United States? I spent a hundred and sixty-one days outside the United States. Tell me about your last trip. When did you leave? I left on December 17th, 2017 and I came back on January 7th, 2018. Would you want to say something about your trip? Yes, I went to see my family in Mexico. When did you return to the US? I came back January 7th, 2018. What is your current marital status? Marital? My current marital status? I am married. How many times have you been married? One time, that’s enough What is your spouse’s name? My husband’s name is Carlos Rios. What is the date of your marriage? The date of our marriage was September 16, 2014. Is your spouse a US citizen ? Yes, he is a US citizen. He was born in the United States. Do you have any children? Yes we do–two children. The first one is Guadalupe & the second one is Carlito. Are they U.S. citizens? Yes, they were born here. What is your children country of birth? The United States Where do they live? They live with my husband and I. Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No, never. Have you ever voted in any US elections? No, never. Do you have any title of nobility in a foreign country? My husband calls me “Princess,” but no, never. Have you been declared legally incompetent? No, never. I’ve never been declared legally incompetent. Have you ever failed to file your taxes? No, we pay our taxes every year. Do you owe any taxes? No, we don’t owe any taxes. Do you belong to any groups or organizations? Yes. I belong to a couple of organizations at my church and then also my children’s school. Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? No, never. What is communism? Communism is the government party of China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. Have you ever been a member of totalitarian party? No, no. A totalitarian party is that the government has total control and they oppress the people. There’s no laws. There’s only the the leaders. The law comes out of a gun. Have you ever been a terrorist? Never! What is a terrorist? A terrorist tries to control people and governments through violence. Have you ever advocated the overthrow of any government by either force or violence? No, never. Have you ever persecuted any person because of race, religion, national origin, member of any particular social group, or political opinion? No, we love everybody. Have you ever saw smuggle illegal drugs or narcotics? No, never. Illegal drugs are like heroin, cocaine, opium. We have a lot of problems with narco-terrorists in Mexico. They’re bringing drugs into the United States. But y’know, some Americans want to buy them, so . . . But I never do it and it’s terrible. We need to really fight against those people. Have you ever been married to more than one person at the same time? No. What do we call it if you are married to more than one person (at the same time)? We cal it . . . Bigamy! Bigamy. If I’m married to more than two people at the same time we call it bigamy. Have you ever married someone to get an immigration benefit? No, I didn’t. I did not marry my husband (to get a Green Card). What is an immigration benefit? With the immigration benefit . . . . if I marry someone who’s an American citizen, I can become an American citizen much more quickly in three years instead of waiting five (years). But I married my husband because I loved him and he loves me. Have you ever helped anyone enter the US illegally? No, never. What is it is illegal entry? People who come across the border without papers. Some people help them come over or they put them on the truck (smuggle) but a lot of people actually die that way. They say they’re going to bring people over safely and then they suffocate or there’s (a problem). It’s really hard Have you ever gambled illegally? No, no. What is the illegal gambling? You gamble and you win but you don’t pay your taxes. Some people go crazy for gambling and I just don’t like gambling. I work too hard for my money. I rather do other things with my money. Good that you think this. Have you ever failed to support your children or pay alimony? No. I take care of my children. What is alimony? Alimony is a monthly payment to an ex-spouse for their support and then child support (is) you give that money to the ex spouse so they can take care of the kids. But my husband and I are still together. Have you ever lied to the US government to get public benefits? No, never. Have you ever been deported? No, I have not. What is deported? Deported means that I’m arrested and I’m sent back to my home country. Have you ever served in the US Armed Forces? No, never. Do you support US Constitution and the form of government? Absolutely! I support the US government. What is the Constitution? The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. What is the U.S. form of government/ We have a democracy. Do you understand the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States? Yes I do. What is an oath? An oath is a (solemn) promise. What is allegiance? Allegiance is loyalty. What is the Oath of Allegiance? I promise with my life to be loyal to the United States. Are you willing to take the full Oath of Allegiance to the US government? Absolutely! If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms in the US Army? Yes, I’m willing to bear arms in the US Army. What is to bear arms? To carry a weapon to protect the country. Are you willing to perform a non-combatant services for the U.S. Amy? Yes, I’m willing to perform non-combatant services for the US Army. What is non-combatant? Non-combatant is to help the government or to work in the US Army but without using weapons. so I could be a translator or cashier or take care of stock anything that the government needs me to do without using a weapon. Are you willing to help the government during a national emergency? Absolutely! Do you promise that everything you said is true? Absolutely! Everything that I’ve said is true. Teacher Nahil, could you introduce yourself? Hi, my name is Nahil Ireiqat I am originally from Jerusalem Palestine. When you became a citizen, was it because your parents became a citizen or did you actually have to study and go through they interview yourself? I have to study and go to the through that interview myself. What was happening with you in your life? Were you teaching at that time? I was working as a data entry operator. Yeah, I used to do computer operations, too. So you’re one of our teachers out here in
Milpitas Adult School. And you speaks English so well. How did you learn how to become an English teacher? I went to the Adult School. You did go to the Adult School?!?!? Yes, I went to Adult School for two years. Which one was that? It was San Diego Adult School. Oh, they have a excellent Adult School program. Then I went to college–to San Diego City College and then I moved –I did my movement from there from there. So you just went up and up and up. Yes until I finished. So now we’re at the eve of Ramadan. How have you prepared for Ramadan this year? The most important preparation is the spiritual preparation. That’s what we really care about. It’s not about anything else. And I try to fast the last few weeks. I was trying to just fast voluntarily to prepare my body for this. Very smart, very smart. Is there anything that you want to say for people who may be preparing for Citizenship or might be even coming up on their Citizenship interview during the month of Ramadan? I know this might be a very, very difficult time because they have to attend to prayer. Yeah, this is going to be very hard for them especially the night classes because we have to
pray special prayers just on Ramadan we call it Tarawih (تراويح‎) and it’s we have
to be ready by nine o’clock after sunset to get ready for this prayer. So this will be very hard for some Muslims. Do you have any word of encouragement? Just go ahead with your life and just a spiritual part–do your part. I know Jerusalem is your home. I know there’s been a lot of problems in Jerusalem. And I am trying to keep Jerusalem especially in prayer. And I know that you might be going to Jerusalem (soon). I’m not thinking about my trip to Jerusalem. I’m thinking about people now there. I know they’re going through. This is the hardest part. Is there any prayer or blessing that you
would like to leave for us before we go to class this evening? Just… May Allah bless us all الله يباركنا جميعا I love this school. I love working with you guys. And I pray for you all the time. Thank You! Everybody–Happy Ramadan! Blessings on all of you this month! Thanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School. A special thanks goes out to Teacher Nahil. Please visit us on the web at uscitizenpod.com where you will find more Citizenship resources for the month of Ramadan http://bit.ly/citz4ramadan Thanks for listening. I know you will be a great American citizen! رمضان كريم www.uscitizenpod.com

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