Nancy’s a Natural @ Naturalization This Saturday

This Saturday is Nancy Pelosi’s annual free workshop for future citizens to be delivered at a location on the edge of the Civic Center neighborhood… (I wonder if any of the notorious immigrant crack dealers with “Amnesty” who work around the corner near Hyde & Golden Gate will drop by…)

Potential citizens though, (i.e non-voters), will find out this weekend who their Congressional rep is, as House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi invites them to UC Hastings in the Civic Center area for a workshop designed to prepare them to make successful citizenship applications. The event is geared for permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship but do not know where to begin the process, or cannot afford to hire someone to assist them with the complicated forms and applications. This is particularly relevant, since starting October 1st, the USCIS will begin administering a new redesigned naturalization test to new applicants (meaning an old cheat sheets might not help ya).

Apparently the 8 year process of redesigning the exam was meant to underpin American values and thematic concepts inherent in the Constitution. This new test, which has been criticized by some as being harder, is designed to end the rote memorization of facts & dates, and moves toward a more meaningful drill. Said the program’s director last year when plans were announced

“when you raise your hand and you swear allegiance to the U.S. you really ought to know what you’re swearing allegiance to.”

(To see a comparison PDF of the new test vs the old test, clickee here

New requirements include the English reading test, where applicants will be given up to three sentences and must be able to read one sentence correctly in order to pass. They also must answer 6 out of 10 civics/US History type questions correctly. Applicants also must form a conclusive sentence correctly after a topical question is dictated to them such as, “Who was the first President?” and then be expected to write an answer like, “Washington was the first President.”

A study list of vocabulary words that will be used in the dictation sentences is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/writing_vocab.pdf.

A mp3 podcast summary of the test info here courtesy US Citizenship Podcast

Wanna see if you could handle the questions?

100 Naturalization Questions
Naturalization Test MP3 Download

Speaker Pelosi’s Citizenship Workshop will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at UC Hastings, 198 McAllister Street, in San Francisco.

For additional info, call the Speaker of the House’s office at
415-556-4862 ( after all it’s your phone too, you pay for it.)

As a longtime citizen, taxpayer and voter, years may go by without ever noticing exactly what your Congress-person does for you in their district. There are few, if any, neighborhood events, or seminars focused on small business (the supposed backbone of the city), with any sort of Congressional support, presence or representation that I’m aware of. In fact most of the time I rarely receive any word from elected officials unless they send something out when they want a vote in an upcoming election.

I suppose it’s nice to see the government reaching out to such a vulnerable community, but the cynic in me wonders why they do so little for those who are already here, like small business people who are supporting the system for decades and trying so hard.

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