Hi, I’m Officer Jennifer. I will be interviewing you today. Why are you here today? I’m here for my citizenship (interview). Good, I’m glad. How did you get here today? I’m here . . . by Uber. Good. Was the traffic bad or okay? It was okay. How is the weather today? It’s beautiful! Beautiful! It’s always beautiful in San Jose even when it rains. Who do you miss in Vietnam? Oh, my family. I miss is my
daughter. Okay very good. Are you ready? Yes, I am ready. 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. What did you just promise? I promise to tell the truth. Please have a seat. Please show me your Green Card, your driver’s license, and photo ID. Thank you so much. Explain how you were eligible to become a U.S. Citizen? I have been Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years. Why do you want to become a U.S. citizen? I love America (wrong question) What is your current legal name? My current legal name is . . . Van Thi Bach Thach Is your last name Thach? Yes Spell it. T – H – A – C – H Is the name on the Green Card the same as your legal name? Yes Are you requesting any accommodation
because of a physical disability? No What is your date of birth? My date of birth is November 23, 1958. What is the date that you became a legal permanent resident? My date of legal permanent residence is November 23, 2013. 2013 or 2011? 2013 What is your country of birth? Vietnam What is your country of nationality? Vietnam (wrong question) What is your current home address? Do you live in San Jose, Milpitas, or Fremont? Now I live in San Jose. How long have you lived in your apartment in San Jose? I live in my house family (family home). How long have you lived there? I live there over 4 years Do still live in San Jose or do you live in a different house in San Jose? I live in Milpitas. Was your mother or father a US citizen
before your 18th birthday? No Are your mother and father in the United States? Yes Are they American citizens? Maybe my father is a citizen. Did he sponsor you to come to the United States? (I was sponsored by) my brother. Your brother did? Okay Okay good. Let me see. How do you support yourself? I work Where do you work? I work . . . Now? I work in San Jose on Tully and McLaughlin. What is your job? I am Caregiver. So you do home health support and you’re a caregiver? Yeah How long have you done that? 3 years Three years? So you support yourself. How many hours do you work every week? (If you need time think, tell the officer: “Let me think.”) Maybe I work . . . 40 . . . 45 hours a week 45 hours a week! Wow, very good! Now I’m gonna ask you about your time outside the United States. how many trips have you taken outside the United States? I have two trips Tell me about your last trip: when did you leave and when did you come back? I left . . . May 13, 2016 and I returned August 29, 2016. Of all of your trips, how many total days were you outside the United States? 130 days 130 days or 113 days? Sorry. 180 days. Are you single, married, widowed, or divorced? Now I am divorced. Were you divorced here or were you divorced in Vietnam? Yeah, I am divorced here. Is your husband here or is he in Vietnam? (sorry about the alarm) He is . . . maybe . . . I don’t know. How about your children? How many children do you have? Yeah I have a one child. Is she here or in Vietnam? She lives in Vietnam. Very good. Let us continue. Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No. Have you ever register to vote in the United States? No Did you vote in Vietnam? Yes After you become a citizen, will you vote in the United States? Yes Have you ever been a member of the Communist party? No What is Communism? Communism is the government of China, Cuba, Viet Nam (and North Korea). Have you ever been a member of a terrorist organization? No, I haven’t. What is a terrorist? Terrorist is . . . A terrorist attack the government and people. I’m sorry. I forgot to ask you a very important question. Do you pay your taxes every year? Yes I pay. (Tip: some people are low-income and don’t pay taxes). Have you ever advocated violence against anybody? Violence? No. Have you ever hurt anybody? No Have you ever been committed genocide? No, I haven’t. What is a genocide? Genocide is to kill a group of people because of religion or gender. Genocide: you kill a many, many people because they’re a different ethnicity group or religion or gender. Were you in the Army in Vietnam? No Did you ever force a child under 15 to become a soldier? No, never Have you ever committed a crime? No, I haven’t. What is crime? A crime is . . . to break the law. Have you ever been in jail or prison? No, I haven’t. What is jail or prison? (HINT: If you don’t understand a question, don’t say YES or NO, ask the officer to explain the question.) Is it a good place or bad place? A bad place Why do people go jail? A person . . . does . . . break the law. A person breaks the law. Have you ever been a habitual drunkard? No, I haven’t. What’s a habitual drunkard? A habitual drunkard is a person who gets addicted (to) many alcohol. Yes, they are addicted to alcohol. Have you ever been a prostitute? No, I haven’t. Have you ever sold or smuggled illegal drugs? No, I haven’t. What are illegal drugs? Illegal drugs are the same (as) cocaine or heroin. Have you ever been married to more than 2 person at the same time? No, I haven’t. Have you ever helped anyone to enter the United States illegally? No, I haven’t. Have you ever gambled illegally? No, I haven’t. Have you ever lied to the US government to get a public benefit? No, I haven’t. What is a public benefit? That means a voucher and food stamps or sometimes medical help (insurance). Have you ever been deported? No, I haven’t. What is deported? Deported is the government says that you must go back to your old country. Do you support US Constitution and the form of government? Yes. Do you understand the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States? Yes What is an oath? An oath is a promise. Are you willing to take the full Oath Of Allegiance to the US government? Yes What is allegiance? Allegiance is to be loyal to the United States. If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms in the US Army? Yes If the law requires it, are you willing to perform non-combatant services for the US Army? What is “to bear arms”? Bear arms is: I will use a gun to protect the U.S. If the law requires it (if the government tells me to do so) If the law requires it, are you willing to perform non-combatant services for the US Army? Yes What is “non-combatant”? To serve in the United States Armed Forces without using a weapon. If the law requires it, are you willing to to perform work of national importance under civilian direction? Yes Do you promise everything you say is true? Yes Now I would like to ask you some questions for citizenship. The first question is going to be about responsibility. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens? Serve in an election, a federal election. Not “serve in a federal election.” Either you could say: SERVE on a jury or VOTE in a federal election. Serve in the federal election? No. It’s either you can SERVE on a JURY Remember a JURY is in COURT. (A JURY is the) twelve people who are listening with the JUDGE. They (the JURY) help the JUDGE make decisions. Or VOTE in a FEDERAL ELECTION. So let me ask this one more time. What is one responsibility that is only for US citizens? VOTE in a FEDERAL ELECTION. How many justices are on the Supreme Court? Nine What is one reason colonists came to
America? Freedom What is the name of the Vice President of the United States? Vice-President?
Michael Pence Who is the father of our country Washington? Washington. George Washington. We elect a US senator for how many years? Excuse me, Teacher. (Can you please repeat?) Sure We elect a US senator for how many
years? Six years What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States? Pacific Ocean What are the two rights in the Declaration of Independence? Two rights? (Ask the officer to repeat the question). What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? Oh yeah! Life and liberty. (wrong question) When do we celebrate the when do we celebrate Independence Day? July 4 Very good! Yeah! Pass! Thank you so much! www.uscitizenpod.com