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US Citizenship and Family Immigration Podcast

Paris Lee: Immigration Attorney

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Immigration Lawyer Paris Lee discusses helpful tips, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid while filing for US Citizenship or for a family member's green card or immigration status. Mr. Lee is Founding and Managing Partner of Lee and Garasia, LLC, a firm that practices immigration law exclusively. He has over 17 years of experience in the field and currently serves as Chair of the Immigration Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. This podcast is not legal advice nor is it intended ...
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American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America Podcast | Video | PDF An American Pentecost: We are American Indians, Native Alaskans, Europeans, Latinos, Africans, Arabs, Asians, Pacific Islanders-- yet all of us hear America speaking in our own languages about FREEDOM! For more info about languages spoken in America: Slate: Taga…
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In honor of Hispanic American Heritage Month, we are featuring a N-400 practice interview wth Alecia from Colombia. U.S. Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month page | video playlist U.S. Citizenship Resources for Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day pageעל ידי U.S. Citizenship Podcast
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Practice Citizenship interview with Sofia from Morocco. A “Typical” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (4 pages) https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/n-400r-typical.pdf USCIS 100 Remix Quizzes "Ones" 01, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/q01s.pdf "Twos" 02, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 8…
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In late September, DHS and USCIS released new resources about the Naturalization Test Redesign. This prompted updated commentary from VOA News, ILRC, Bill Bliss, and other stakeholders. In order to address and clarify to redesign process, USCIS will be hosting NIICE: National Immigrant Integration & Citizenship Education Conference, October 18-19, …
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Happy Constitution and Civics Week! Ten civics questions that follow the structure of the US Constitution. PDF: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/const-2023.pdf Video: https://youtu.be/41-1oMXHIvI Learn more at LINCS: Civics Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Week https://bit.ly/lincs-const uscitizenpod: U.S. Citizenship Resour…
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All Saints and Day of the Dead are part of a 3-day festival that remembers the lives of those who passed before us in 2022. quiz pdf mp3 audio mp4 video More U.S. Citizenship Resources for Halloween, All Saints, and Day of the Deadעל ידי US Citizenship Podcast
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Ten questions for Constitution and Citizenship Week 2022 Download a pdf of this quiz: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/const-2022.pdf Pair this 10 Question civics quiz with one of the Mix-and-Match Citizenship Interviews (https://bit.ly/mm-uscitizen) for a quick mock naturalization interview. Find more Constitution and Citizenship Wee…
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Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans pdf: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/pascha-quiz.pdf I wrote this quiz for several reasons. First, to honor Central/Eastern European-American Heritage. Second, to showcase the diversity in the American Christian community. Third, to celebrate Easter. In…
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Happy Presidents' Week! Happy George Washington's Birthday! Happy 2-22-2022! Today we have two quick practice quizzes. Check back with uscitizenpod.com for new Presidents' Week quizzes and resources. You can also see a video version of this interview with closed captions on the uscitizenpod YouTube channel. Download the PDFs for this episode Citize…
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Christmas is a federal U.S. holiday. Christians celebrate #Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ. All Americans look forward to a long holiday of family, food, and fun. Here is a #Citizenship Quiz based on historical events which occurred on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) or Christmas Day Dec (25). Download the pdf and follow along: http://traffic.libsyn.…
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All Saints and Day of the Dead are part of a 3-day festival that remembers the lives of those who passed before us. Twelve civics questions paired with the following Americans. Download the pdf at https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/citz-day-of-the-dead-2021.pdf Nov 23, 2020: Bruce Boynton, African-American civil rights activist Dec 6, 2…
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Pair this 10 Question civics quiz with one of the Mix-and-Match Citizenship Interviews (https://bit.ly/mm-uscitizen) for a quick mock naturalization interview. Find more Constitution and Citizenship Week 2021 resources at https://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/09/citizenship-resources-for-constitution.html. Find more Citizenship Resources for Hispanic H…
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On July 2, 2021, USCIS released a new report: A Quick Review of the USCIS Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization. Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer Gagliardi do a quick review of the plan and look forward to it's implementation. USCIS Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization https://www.uscis.gov/promotingnaturalizatio…
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Release Date 04/12/2021 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories: (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT; (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and (c)(…
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Dr Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer give tips about The Stressed-out USCIS Officer and More Tips for Your Citizenship Interview (in English) https://youtu.be/HnpGEtdmUhI El estrés de los oficiales de USCIS, y sugerencias que pueden facilitar su entrevista de ciudadanía https://youtu.be/5dqymNu9u1s US Citizenship Resources for Women's History Month ht…
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You will hear the announcement in English, Español, 廣東話,普通話, Tiếng việt 2021-02-22 USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test https://youtu.be/BbgG43pEpnw https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-reverts-to-the-2008-version-of-the-naturalization-civics-test USCIS Vuelve a la Versión del 2008 del Examen de Educación Cí…
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Before we start the interview, I share some news about the 128 civics questions (check with USCIS.gov for confirmation). Then Thao answers N-400 and 10 civics questions, plus 1 reading and dictation question. Happy New Year, Happy New U.S. Citizen Thao Nguyen! Citizenship Resources for February http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2021/02/us-citizenship-res…
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USCIS: USCIS Application Support Centers Updates, Dec 29, 2020 https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSCISINVITE/2020/12/29/file_attachments/1635668/ASC%20Updates.pdf Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USCIS has experienced delays in scheduling or rescheduling application support center (ASC) appointments to collect biometrics. Cu…
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Hung went to his interview in Santa Ana, CA. Before the interview began, they gave him an iPad. The officer then went to another office, took off his mask, and talked to Hung via the iPad. Hung was able to see and hear the officer clearly. Also Hung answered questions in Vietnamese in a separate video. Videos Hung Do talks about his U.S. Citizenshi…
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USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are …
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All Saints and Day of the Dead are part of a 3-day festival that remembers the lives of those who passed before us. We honor the following list of Americans who passed before us: Jan 24 Pete Stark, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1973–2013). Feb 23 Ahmaud Arbery, jogger, shot. Feb 24 Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician, Mar 2 Charles…
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Dr. Hernandez describes how her student found time to study for and pass her Citizenship interview. Super quick review of some Part 12 Vocabulary plus many interview tips! A mother with a newborn reports back about her Citizenship Interview video: https://youtu.be/b3bD3QxSIlE Una madre con un recién nacido informa sobre su entrevista de ciudadanía …
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Teacher Patricia Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer Gagliardi talk about getting organized for your U.S. Citizenship Interview. These tips are for everyone, especially those whose eligibility is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen. We also talk about recent immigration news, encourage everyone to complete their Census, and advocate for alternative fund…
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USCIS responds to a judge's order to stop the increase of the citizenship fee from $725 to $1170 on October 2. CNN reported Tuesday night that a Federal judge blocked attempt to hike naturalization fees by 80%. The fee hike was supposed to go up on Oct.2. See the details at https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/29/politics/naturalization-fees-judge/index.htm…
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Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Teacher Jennifer Gagliardi get together for a practice interview plus interview tips. This video is based on report-backs from recent Citizenship interviews in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. You can watch the zoom video with sub-titles here:על ידי US Citizenship Podcast
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Download the PDF and take the quiz: Twenty-seven N-400 & Civics Qs for US Constitution & Citizenship Week https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/uscitizenpod/Const-Week-Quiz-2015.pdf Then listen to Teacher Jennifer's comments. Citizenship Resources for Constitution Day and Citizenship Week are available at http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/09/citizenship…
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Good News from USCIS! News Alert Aug 25, 2020 No furlough! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/uscis-abandons-furloughs-13000-employees-us-immigration-system/ Biometrics fee included in new N-400 fee Oct 2: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-16389.pdf pg 277 No New DACA Applications (This is bad news, but we think this wil…
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The new fee structure, unveiled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is expected to take effect October 2. The cost of online naturalization applications is increasing from $640 to $1,160. There will also be a $50 fee for asylum-seekers. USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/usci…
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Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi discuss 20 basic USCIS N-400 Part 12 vocabulary terms. Includes a quiz, an exploration of the new USCIS.gov website, news about the Furlough, and so much more! What's happening with the USCIS Openings? Week 7 Video with audio (1 hour!) https://bit.ly/uscis-week-7 Video with slides only, no audio (9 min)…
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Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi start with a shortened USCIS N-400 interview which focuses on difficult Part 12 vocabulary. 07/18/2020 Agenda: Practice Interview Don’t just say NO! 7 simple definitions for some new Vocabulary New Citizenship Resource: Voices of Freedom ebook USCIS San Jose Webinar (and more info about USCIS outreach) …
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Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi talk very briefly about video comments and then move on to a practice USCIS N-400 interview and much more. 07/11/2020 Agenda: 1. Quick Comments and Request 2. Practice Interview 3. New Citizenship Resources--(Sorry, we skipped it. See below) 4. 2020 Calendar—before and after COVID-19 5. USCIS Webinar Se…
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Dr. Patricia Hernandez and Jennifer Gagliardi talk very briefly about USCIS Outreach events and then move on to simple definitions to complex USCIS N-400 Part 12 vocabulary. Download Dr. Hernandez's USCIS N-400 Part 12 worksheet, watch the video, and write in the N-400 vocabulary. Watch video: https://bit.ly/uscis-week-04 worksheet: https://bit.ly/…
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Dr Hernandez and I talk about the good news and bad news from USCIS June 18-26: DACA victory, Visa bans, Civics Pilot, SF/SJ re-opening, possible new procedures, impending furlough, participating in democracy, DC statehood and more! What's happening with the USCIS Openings? Week 3 The video with full audio is about 40 minutes long. Watch it at http…
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Dr Hernandez and I talk about the June 18 USCIS Webinar. We summarize and comment on USCIS info about case backlog priorities, Oath Ceremonies, requirements to enter USCIS facilities, citizenship interviews, fingerprint appointments, translators, and much more! One big concern: a possible USCIS furlough in August. Please contact the White House and…
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Dr Hernandez and I compare notes about what is happening in Los Angeles and Northern Californian USCIS office re-opening. We talk about Oath Ceremonies, citizenship interviews, office openings and closings, fee increase (no date yet), travel, summer citizenship classes via zoom (email uscitizenpod@gmail.com), and much more! Video of this zoom call …
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video: USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 USCIS: USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-offices-preparing-reopen-june-4 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to …
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Our seventh daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the B-2 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:58, 100:64 (European colonists, Thanksgiving) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 07, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-07-covid-19-break.html Daily U.S.Citizenship Lessons 07 summary vide…
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Our sixth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the B-1 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:59, 100:87 (Native Americans) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 06, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-06-covid-19-break.html A video summary is available at https://youtu.be/w7idHmunGOw…
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Our fifth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-5 Citizenship interview b. a grammar tip about your Permanent Residence Card c. N-400 and Civics quiz (geography and symbols) d. a reading and dictation sentence e. All of the above! For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 05, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenp…
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Our fourth daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-4 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:99-100 (Symbols part 2) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 04, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-04-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod Y…
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Our third daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-3 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:88-90 (Symbols part 1) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 02, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-03-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod You…
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Our second daily Citizenship lesson features: a. the A-1 Citizenship interview b. USCIS 100:88-90 (Geography part 1) For all the links, please go to: U.S. Citizenship 02, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-citizenship-02-covid-19-break.html The summary video for this lesson is available on the uscitizenpod …
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Milpitas Adult School, like many schools, is closed until April 3 (and may be even longer). During the next three weeks (or perhaps longer), I will post daily Citizenship lessons available from public sources. This lesson was originally posted as U.S. Citizenship 01, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School at http://www.uscitizenpod.com/2020/03/us-ci…
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This is also available as a video: USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended Until At Least May 3 https://youtu.be/8vu-vT48DMc On March 18, to protect our workforce and to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities, USCIS temporarily suspended all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of our offices, includin…
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ALERT: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situation…
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