USCIS to Welcome 40 New Citizens During Independence Day Celebration at the Battleship New Jersey


Citizenship candidates to take Oath at public parks and historic

landmarks nationwide


Camden, N.J. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Associate Director

Daniel Renaud will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest

citizens during a special naturalization ceremony as the Battleship New Jersey.


Honored guests and speakers include: United States Representative Donald

Norcross, who represents New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District; John E.

Thompson, USCIS Newark District Director; and, Ya-Mei Chen, USCIS

Mount Laurel Field Office Director. The U.S. Navy Color Guard will post

the colors.


The 40 citizenship candidates originate from the following 29 countries:

Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China,

Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt,

Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria,

Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, United Kingdom

and Ukraine.


This ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual Independence Day celebration.

This year, USCIS celebrates the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of

Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming nearly 6,000 new

U.S. citizens in more than 75 naturalization ceremonies across the country

between June 30 and July 4.


To view a list of 2016 Independence Day naturalization ceremonies, visit


USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share the

experience and photos at their ceremonies via Twitter using the hashtag



WHO:        Daniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director, Field Operations Directorate

Congressman Donald Norcross

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


WHEN:      Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.


WHERE:    Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ 08103 (Parking on Clinton Street lot)



USCIS – Jane Cowley, Public Affairs Officer,

or 202-507-2071


Battleship New Jersey – Jack Willard, 609-868-5664,


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