New Citizens to take Oath of Allegiance Aboard Battleship on July 4

Citizenship candidates to take Oath at special ceremonies across the country

CAMDEN, N.J.— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Newark District Director John E. Thompson will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Battleship New Jersey on the Fourth of July.

Senator Cory Booker will join USCIS in welcoming the new citizens. The U.S. Navy Color Guard will post the colors. Eight members of the military will be taking the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens.

The 40 citizenship candidates originate from the following 27 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

This ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual Independence Day celebration. This year, USCIS celebrates the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.

WHO: John E. Thompson, USCIS Newark district director
Ya-Mei Chen, field office director, USCIS Mount Laurel Field Office
Keith Dorr, supervisory immigration services officer, USCIS Mount Laurel Field Office

Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ 08103 (Parking on Clinton Street lot)

CONTACT(S): USCIS – Jane Cowley, public affairs officer, or 202-507-2071
Battleship New Jersey – Jack Willard, or 609-868-5664

NOTES: Press should arrive no later than 9:45. The Oath of Allegiance occurs early in the ceremony.