Hi, I’m Officer Jennifer. I’m interviewing you today. Yes, Hello. Nice to meet you. Yes Why are you here today? I’m here today for my Citizenship test. Okay good. How did you get here today? By Uber By Uber? Okay good. How was the traffic? Was it easy or was it difficult? Yes, easy. What do you miss about your old country Vietnam? I miss my grandchildren. Okay your grandchildren. How many grandchildren do you have? I have a three grandchildren. Very good Let us begin. Let’s show them how to do it! Please raise your right hand. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Yes I do. Put down your hand. Thank you What did you just promise? I promise to tell the truth. Please sit down. Thank you Madame. Show me your Green Card, your driver’s license, and photo ID. What is your full legal name? My full name is My Ngoc Thi Thach. I’m sorry. I forgot to ask you: How are you eligible to become a U.S. citizen? My father’s sponsored me. He sponsored you.
But how are you eligible to become a U.S. citizen? I am over 18 years old and I have (been) a lawful permanent resident for over five years. Good. So you just told me your legal name. Is the name on your Green Card the
same as your legal name? Yes it’s the same. Okay, good. What is your date of birth? My birth date is April 2nd, 1954. What is your date of your permanent residence? It is June 23rd, 2011. Are you requesting an accommodation because of a physical disability? No, I don’t have. Are your mother or father US citizens before your 18th birthday? No Where do you live now? Do you live in San Jose or Milpitas? I live in San Jose. How many years have you lived in San Jose? I live in here from June 23rd, 2011 to the present. Present time, okay, Do you work? Yes, I started working in November 2018. So this is a new job. What is your job? My new job (is) in Home Support program. How many hours a week do you work for Home Support? About 20 hours Note: California’s In-Home Support Program (IHSS) helps senior and disabled people remain in their homes.
See www.cdss.ca.gov/In-Home-Supportive-Services Let me ask you about your trips. You have many trips! How many total days were you outside the United States? Total 853 days Wow! How many trips? I had five trips. I see in 2013 you are outside the United States for 442 days. Did you get a re-entry permit when you came back? Yes, I have a re-entry permit. Also, you had another very long trip. In 2014, you were outside the United States for 252 days. Did you get a re-entry permit before you came back? Please repeat. Did you get a second re-entry permit to come back into the United States again? Yes because a re-entry permit expires in two years. Why were you outside of the United States so long? I went to Vietnam for so long days (for so many days / for such a long time) to help taking care (of) my grandson because my daughter-in-law was very sick. Oh I’m sorry to hear that. Is she okay? Yes, now she’s better. Let me ask you about your most recent
trip. Last year you went to Vietnam. When did you leave and when did you come back? The last trip is January 15, 2018 and I come back February 28, 2018 for 49 days. Why did you go to Vietnam? I went to Vietnam to visit my family. I am going to ask you now about your marital status. What is your marital status? I am divorced. Okay I’m sorry to hear that. What is your former husband’s name? My ex-spouse’s name is Loi Tinh Dinh. Was he an American citizen? No What was his date of birth? His birth date is February 17, 1957. Where was he born? Vietnam What is this country of citizenship? Viet Nam Did he ever come to the United States? Never Was your divorce in Vietnam? Yes What date did your marriage end it’s May 6, 2005. Why did your marriage end? We did not happy in marriage life. (We were not happy together.) I’m sorry. Now let us continue. Do you have two children? Yes I have. Are your children here or are they in Vietnam? They’re living in Vietnam. Okay very good Were they born here or in Vietnam? Yes They were born in Vietnam? Yes Who was your sponsor for you to come to the United States? My father. I will continue asking you questions. Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No. Have you ever registered to vote in
any federal state or local elections? No, I haven’t. Have you ever voted in any federal, state, or local elections? No. Have you ever been declared legally incompetent or confined to a mental institution? No. What is mental institution? Mental (illness) means a people (person) but their mind is not normal. (A mental institution is a hospital for people who have a mental illness). Do you owe any federal, state, or local
income taxes? No What are what are taxes Taxes means money I pay government. Do you owe any taxes? No Let us continue. Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? No Have you ever been a member of a totalitarian party? No. Have you ever been a member of a terrorist organization? No, I have not. What is it what is the Communist Party? It’s mean cruel people–no freedom, no human rights. (Sorry about the notification alarm–there are two more in the video…) Example (the government party of) Vietnam, China, Cuba (and North Korea). Have you ever been a member of a terrorist organization? No What is terrorist? Terrorist is people (who) use violence to attack government or people or country. Have you ever committed genocide? No What is genocide? It means a group of people kills many people for race or religion. Genocide–you’re killing many people because (they are) a different race, different religion, different gender, different political (belief) system. Have you ever tortured anybody? No Have you ever tried to kill someone? No (wrong question) Were you in the Army in Vietnam? No Have you ever been in jail or prison? No Did you ever work in a jail or prison? No Have you ever committed a crime? No Have you ever been arrested? No You said that you have not worked in a jail or prison. What is jail or prison jail and prison? Jail and prison . . . It means . . . bad people stay by (with) police and justice (judge) (wrong question) Have you ever been a habitual drunkard? No What is habitual drunkard? Habitual drunkard means people use many alcohol every day and you (get) sick. Have you ever sold or smuggled illegal drugs? No Have you ever been married to two people
at the same time? No Have you ever helped someone to come into the United States illegally? No Have you ever gambled illegally? No, I don’t. What’s gambling? Gambling is playing a game for money against the law. (Gambling is to play cards or games for money. It is illegal to gamble and not pay taxes.) Did you lie to get public benefits? No What are public benefits? Public benefit . . . it means I have (rent) vouchers, food stamps, and medical (insurance) So you’re getting financial help from the government. Do you get financial help from the government? Yes You do, okay. But did you lie to get the financial help? No No. Very good Let us continue. Do you support the Constitution and the form of government of the United States? Yes, I do. What form of government do we have in
the United States? The government? Yes. What government? (It) is the democracy. Democracy. Do you understand the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States? Yes What is allegiance? Allegiance–it means . . . allegiance . . . full law (follow the law) Allegiance is loyalty. Do you promise to be loyal to the United States government? Yes If the law requires it, are you going (willing) to bear arms on behalf of the United States? Yes What is bear arms? Bear arms–it means . . . I use a weapon to protect the country. If the law requires (it), are you willing to perform noncombatant services for the United States? Yes What is non-combatant? Non-combatant means . . . to protect a country and government without (using) weapons. If the law requires it, are you going to perform work of national importance under civilian direction? Yes Please sign your papers. I should ask you: Did anybody help you fill out your (N-400) application? Yes. Viet Voter:
1430 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
Phone: (408) 202-1344 Is that a legal service? Yes It is a legal service That’s who this is: N-400 Sect. 13 Applicant’s Signature
N-400 Section 14 Interpreter’s Signature
N-400 Section 15 Preparer’s Signature You did a good job. I’m going to ask you ten questions. Are you ready? Yes, I am ready. So let me begin with the questions. The first question: Name one right only for United States citizens. vote in a federal election Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? John Robert What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves? Africans If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President? the Vice President Who was the first President?* George Washington Who is one of your state’s US senators now? She is . . . Kamala Harris What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? Atlantic Ocean What is freedom of religion? Please repeat. What is freedom of religion? You can practice many religions or not practice religion. You can practice ANY religion or not practice a religion. Who was the president during the Great Depression in World War Two? (If you can’t remember, say: “Let me think” or “Please repeat the question.”) (Later she said she thinking: “Is it Benjamin FRANKLIN or FRANKLIN Roosevelt?”) Roosevelt Roosevelt, yes Franklin Roosevelt Yes, Roosevelt I helped you a little bit with that one. Name two national U.S. holidays. Independence Day Thanksgiving Yeah and Martin Luther King Jr. birthday is next week. Congratulations! Xin chúc mừng! Thank you! New Year, New Citizen! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! www.uscitizenpod.com