Over 140 to become new U.S. citizens at the UMass Center Springfield

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Over 140 to become new U.S. citizens at the University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present over 140 candidates for naturalization to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts today. The Honorable Katherine A. Robertson, United States Magistrate Judge, will administer the Oath of Allegiance  to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Center at Springfield on Dec. 2 at 1:00pm.  This is the first time the UMass Center is hosting this event.

Honored guests and speakers include:  The Honorable Katherine A. Robertson, United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division; The Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor, Springfield, Mass.; Daniel Montagna, Director of Operations, UMass Center at Springfield; and Luis Chaves, Field Office Director, USCIS Lawrence Field Office.

The citizenship candidates originate from the following 44 countries:  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.  Additionally, several individuals affiliated with the University of Massachusetts will take the oath.

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