Congratulations! I heard that you passed your Citizenship test! Is that correct? Yes That’s great! So can you tell us what happened when you go to USCIS? Yes When you go to the office . . . What did they ask you inside the office? First, I go to the USCIS office I take the (appointment) letter from the USCIS After I show the (appointment) letter from USCIS, After I go to the line Show the guard the (appointment) letter. Follow the guard’s instructions. “Do you have an appointment today?” “Yes!” I take (I show) the letter. “Please step through the security gate.” You have to go through security like at the airport. I take my shoes and I put my phone and letter in the box. (And the box went through the scanner). We waited 30 minutes and went to room 101 She gives me number 109 I sir in the waiting room And follow (wait) for the officer to call me How long did you wait for the officer in the waiting room? About ten minutes So when the officer calls you–was it a man or a woman? Man A tall man. I am (say): “Nice to meet you.” He (said): “How are you doing?” I am good! How about you? Good, good! That’s another way to say (greet)… Sometimes people say: “How are you?” or “How are you doing?” That means NOT “What you are doing?
BUT “Are you good? Are you sick? Are you nervous?” So are you nervous, Huong? No, I am not nervous. I am ready for my citizenship Right Yeah (Mr. Wong speaks in Mandarin to excuse himself for a minute). I take the Oath to tell the truth. “Stand and raise your right hand to tell the truth.” So he ask for the Green Card, photo ID, (and) passport. Do you have a passport from Vietnam? Yeah Explain how are you eligible to become a U.S. citizen. I have been legal permanent resident for over five years. What is your current legal name? My current legal name in Huong Thi Tuy Nguyen Is the name on your Green Card the same as your legal name? What is your date of birth? What date did you become a legal permanent resident? What is your current Home Address? What is your country of birth? Mr. Wong: are you born in Taiwan or Korea? Taiwan How long have you lived at your current Home Address? I have lived (at my current Home Address) for over 5 years. Only (at) my current home address. Do you work or do you go to school? I say: I work in Home (Health) support I take care of my son. Do you have any children? Did your children come with you today? I say: My daughter is outside. My son is at home. What is your marital status? I’m married. What is your spouse’s name? His name is Truc Kim Ngo. How many times have you been married? 1 time They asked me: How many times has your husband been married? So they ask her: How many times has she been married? And then they asked: How many times has her husband been married? One time, correct? Yeah So did they ask you about your travel? Or you do not have any travel? Have you traveled outside? No, I haven’t. He asked me: Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? (She is pointing to questions on a script
uscitizenpod: A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r) Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? All questions! Really? All questions! Okay let me take a look at that. One minute please So what she’s showing me is a script that I wrote called: A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r
download: http://bit.ly/cit-regular And they’re asking: Have you ever claimed to be a U.S. citizen? Have you ever voted in the United States? Do you have any title of nobility in a foreign country? Have you ever been declared legally incompetent? Have you ever failed to file your taxes? (Sorry: the sound will be TOO LOUD for 1 minute) This question: Have you ever belonged to the Communist Party? No So (the script has) all of these questions And you’re going to say NO to most of these questions. Did they ask you any to define any of the questions? Did they say: What does it mean to be a habitual drunkard? No OK, so they didn’t ask for any of the meaning questions. So let’s go to the last one. I’m going to ask you the last ones, ok? And you’re going answer, okay? Do you support the US Constitution and the form of government of the United States? Yes, I do. What is an oath? Oath is a promise And what is allegiance? To be loyal What is the Oath of Allegiance? I promise to be loyal to the United States. Ate you willing to take the full Oath of Allegiance to the US government? Yes I am If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms in the US Armed forces? Yes I am. Are you willing to perform noncombatant services for the United States Army? Yes I am. Are you willing to help the government during a national emergency? Yes Do you promise everything you say is
true? Giỏi! (Reading and Dictation) Who was Abraham Lincoln? Abraham! (She confirms that “Who was Abraham Lincoln?” was her Reading sentence.) I write: “Lincoln was the president during the Civil War.” Okay very good. Now what citizenship (civics) questions that they asked you? The first (question) he asked: Name one problem that led to the Civil War. Slavery Who is the governor of your state now? Governor Governor? Kevin Newsom Gavin! Gavin! Gavin Newsom Okay next one . . . What is the name of the Speaker of the House? House? Speaker of the House is Nancy Pelosi 很好! What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?* Vote in a federal election Say that again Vote in a federal election What is the capital of the United States? Capital? Washington DC Who was the first President? First? Who was the first President? President? President George Washington 很好! I’m done!
I signed my name. And check information How long did it take? About twenty minutes Are you happy? Yes Do you have any suggestions for people studying for the citizenship test? Huong’s daughter encourages her mother to speak about her experience. (Huong’s daughter had her interview on July 30. She also passed her interview.) (Huong speaks in Vietnamese about preparing for her interview for about 30 seconds). Thank you so much! www.uscitizenpod.com