Ms. Trang Angie Nguyen has been appointed for a three – year part time term as a Citizenship Judge for the Vancouver Area, announced by Mr. Chris Alexander – Citizenship and Immigration Minister of Canada. Before her appointment, Ms. Nguyen was an Accredited Court Interpreter for Attorney General in the province of British Columbia. Additionally, she is an active member in Vietnamese community throughout her participation in Vietnam Heritage Day, Vietnamese Student Scholarships and Bursaries for Vietnamese Women’s Society and works as a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Canadian Community. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.
Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening, including a written exam, reference check and oral interview. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: information-seeking, judgment/analytical thinking, decision making, effective communication, cross-cultural sensitivity, leadership, self-confidence, self-control and writing ability.