US Citizenship Podcast
Listen to mock Citizenship interviews, quizzes, and news about becoming a new United States citizen.

Here is a "sneak peak" our new series of practice scripts for each section of the N-400r.  Soledad Adult School Citizenship students requested an mp3 recording of the Travel Section interview with their Teacher Francisco.

On Oct. 3, we will release a series of practice scripts for each section of the N-400r--download the pdfs from uscitizenpod.com

Direct download: n-400r-2016-9.mp3
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Here is a "sneak peak" our new series of practice scripts for each section of the N-400r followed by an mp3 recording of the Travel Section interview between Teachers Jennifer and Francisco.

On Oct. 3, we will release a series of practice scripts for each section of the N-400r--download the pdfs from uscitizenpod.com 

Direct download: n-400r-2016-9.pdf
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A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about Voting and Elections featuring Yesica Sanchez (Oaxaca, Mexico).  This was re-posted 09/20/2016 with a minor correction.

pdf: goo.gl/i7o4JD

This is a 21-question quiz (plus USCIS 10 civics questions) based on our "Common" Citizenship Interview script (53qs, 2pgs) 
pdf: http://goo.gl/cPTyRL

Special thanks to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (sccvote.org) for their tireless work to make every vote count!

Also a special thanks to Isabel who is the MUSD.org liaison to the Latino community.

For more Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month, go to goo.gl/bUw1nn

Direct download: n-400r-and-voting-quiz.mp3
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Happy US Constitution and Citizenship Day!  This podcast is a basic introduction to the US Constitution for ESL/Citizenship students and is based on our Summary of the US Constitution.  You can download the pdf at http://goo.gl/CVxDwZ.

Direct download: us-constitution-summary.mp3
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In this podcast, we focus on two excellent resources to prevent Immigration Scams: FTC.gov Wallet Cards and Fotonovelas.

 

Previous Episodes:

 

FTC.gov:  Immigration Wallet Card

Pocket sized fold out flyer to help consumers spot and avoid scams that target immigrants. Order free copies. Available in:

 

 

FTC.gov Fotonovelas in English and Spanish

As part of FTC.gov's ongoing effort to raise awareness about scams targeting the immigrant community, FTC.gov has developed a series of six “fotonovelas” in English and Spanish. The stories are based on complaints to the FTC from Spanish speakers throughout the nation and offer practical tips to help detect and stop common scams. You can download pdfs of the fotonovelas for free or order copies  and distribute them in your community.  Here are two of the fotonovelas:

 

 

Notario scams

This fotonovela tells readers the warning signs of a notario scam, where to find help with the immigration process, and how to report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Estafas de notario

La fotonovela les dice a los lectores cuáles son los signos de advertencia de una estafa de notario, dónde encontrar ayuda para el proceso de inmigración, y cómo reportar las estafas a la Comisión Federal de Comercio. Solicite copias gratuitas.

 

Government Imposters

This fotonovela tells readers how to identity a government imposter and warns of the dangers of sending money to a stranger.

Impostores del gobierno

Esta fotonovela les dice a los lectores cómo saber si están tratando con un impostor de gobierno y los advierte a los riesgos de enviar dinero a un desconocido. Solicite copias gratuitas.

Direct download: immigration-scams-3.mp3
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This is a 21-question quiz (plus USCIS 10 civics quetsions) based on our "Common" Citizenship Interview script (53qs, 2pgs) 
pdf: http://goo.gl/cPTyRL

Special thanks to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters (sccvote.org) for their tireless work to make every vote count!

Direct download: n-400r-quick-interview-and-voting-quiz.pdf
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (uscis.gov and uscis.gov/es) is the
government agency under the Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful
immigration to the United States.

The Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov and ftc.gov/es) is and Independent government
agency that protects consumers from unfair business practices. The FTC also educates
consumers about scams.

FTC Consumer Information: Scam Alerts (English)

Scam Alerts:What to know and do about recent scams in the news 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Voicemail from an IRS imposter?
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/voicemail-irs-imposter

The top three ways to avoid fraud
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/top-three-ways-avoid-fraud

Helping Victims of the Flooding in Louisiana — Make Sure Your Donations Count
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/helping-victims-flooding-louisiana-make-sure-your-donations-count

Immigration Scams
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/taxonomy/term/863

Who Are You? (Blog Post)
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/who-are-you
You get a call from someone saying she works for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She seems to know exactly who you are. She might already know your name and address, and might even know what kind of visa you’ve applied for...


FTC Informacion Para Consumidores: Alertas de fraude (en Espanol)

Alertas de fraude más recientes
Conozca la información más reciente y las recomendaciones prácticas de la agencia
nacional de protección del consumidor.
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/destacado/alertas-de-fraude

¿Un mensaje de voz de un impostor del IRS?
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/blog/un-mensaje-de-voz-de-un-impostor-del-irs

Las tres mejores maneras de evitar el fraude
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/blog/las-tres-mejores-maneras-de-evitar-el-fraude

Cómo ayudar a las víctimas de las inundaciones en Louisiana — Asegúrate de que tus donaciones contribuyan con la causa que deseas apoyar
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/blog/como-ayudar-las-victimas-de-las-inundaciones-en-
louisiana-asegurate-de-que-tus-donaciones

Inmigración Fraude
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/taxonomy/term/1330

¿Quién es usted? (Blog post)
https://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/blog/quien-es-usted
Recibes una llamada de una mujer que te dice que trabaja para el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por su sigla en inglés). Parece que ella sabe exactamente quién eres. Quizás ya sepa tu nombre y tu domicilio, e...

USCIS: Scam Alert – Caller ID Spoofing
http://blog.uscis.gov/2013/08/scam-alert-caller-id-spoofing.html

USCIS: Alerta de Estafa – Identidad telefónica distorsionada
http://blog.uscis.gov/2013/08/alerta-de-estafa-identidad-telefonica.html

Report IRS and USCIS scams https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted?
OrgCode=USDOEVCC&NextQID=261#crnt

US CITIZENSHIP PODCAST
http://www.uscitizenpod.com/
Daily news and resources about preparing for the US Citizenship interview.


US CITIZENSHIP PODCAST apps
Apple iPhone/iPad: https://goo.gl/dLiOAE
Apple iTunes: https://goo.gl/BVrqHQ
Google Play Android: https://goo.gl/d6rs9f
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/uscitizenpod

NEW EBOOK: US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview by Jennifer Gagliardi (Author) available from:
Amazon Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/Citizenship-Bootcamp-Exercises-Naturalization-Interview-ebook/dp/B01JV69WUM/
Apple iBook
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/us-citizenship-bootcamp-exercises/id1119689570?mt=11
Barnes and Noble Nook
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/us-citizenship-bootcamp-jennifer-gagliardi/1123867451
Kobo
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/us-citizenship-bootcamp-exercises-and-quizzes-to-pass-the-naturalization-interview
Smashwords
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/640447

Thanks for listening.  I know that you will be a great American citizen!

 

Direct download: immigration-scams-2.mp3
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USCIS ALERT (August 24, 2016)--Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email
Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims!

Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

Remember, USCIS officials will never ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If we need payment, we will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment.   

If you receive a scam email or phone call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS. If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS Webmaster at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.gov. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative at www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams for more information on common scams and other important tips. If you have a question about your immigration record, call customer service at 800-375-5283 or make an InfoPass appointment at http://infopass.uscis.gov.

 

Direct download: immigration-scams-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

12 Citizenship Study Tips from US CITIZENSHIP BOOTCAMP

01. The USCIS N-400: Download the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization from www.uscis.gov/n-400. Fill it out. (Don't fill in your SSN on your practice copy). Study the questions, the key vocabulary, and your answers.

02. USCIS Social Media: Follow USCIS.gov & USCIS.gov/es on Facebook and Twitter.

03. The USCIS Citizenship Resource Center: Try all of the USCIS English and Civics tests resources at www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test

04. Flash Cards: Download the USCIS Civics and English flash cards. Review the citizenship vocabulary sets on Quizlet.

05. Videos: Check out the new USCIS: Civics Playlist which has one video for each question. Follow-up by watching all the videos and take all the quizzes from Preparing for the Oath. Also look for videos of mock citizenship interviews on YouTube.

06. Study-Buddy: Find a "study-buddy." Meet regularly. If you can't meet in person, use Skype or Facetime for 15 minutes every day. Ask each other the N-400 and civics questions.

07. Citizenship Class: Go to a citizenship class at your local adult school, library, church, or community center. If there is no class, start a self-study group. Students learn more by talking and working with each other.

08. Online Classes via your Library Card: Ask your local library for access to subscription databases that offer free online Citizenship classes via your library card. For example: Pronunciator's ProCitizen is similar to SI.edu Preparing for the Oath; and Learning Express has Citizenship Classes in English and Spanish. Be careful: these online classes focus on the civics questions and you must also learn about the N-400.

09. Family Literacy: Check out age-appropriate books and DVDs from the library about US history and civics and read or watch them with your kids. For adult and children’s books about the naturalization process, see SCCL’s Citizenship Resources.

10. Family Fun: Take your kids to National Parks and local historical sites. While visiting the parks, look for Geocache treasures or Pokémon Go critters. Extend the fun by putting together jigsaw puzzles which feature great American landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, or maps of the Fifty States.

11. More English! If you need more help with your English, check out the resources on VOA Learning English, Cambridge Ventures Arcade, or the uscitizenpod's Citizenship Resources. Or sign up for an ESL or English conversation class.

12. US Citizenship Podcast: Check out my blog at uscitizenpod.com every day for new citizenship resources. You can also download the free US Citizenship Podcast app for iPhone/iPad: https://goo.gl/dLiOAE or Android: https://goo.gl/d6rs9f or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes: https://goo.gl/BVrqHQ and most importantly, practice the dialogues in this book.

--excerpt from US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview by Jennifer Gagliardi (Author)

US Citizenship Bootcamp is available from:
Amazon Kindle
Apple iBook
Barnes & Noble Nook
Kobo
Smashwords
and other ebook retailers for $2.99
Or ask you library to a order a copy for their ebook collection.

Good Luck! I know that you will be a great American Citizen!

 

 

 

Direct download: citizenship-study-tips.mp3
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Direct download: citz-test-2016-independence-day.pdf
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