Jury Duty requests – don’ t ignore them January 30, 2012 ^
Immigration and US Citizenship News
By Kieran C. O’Sullivan
Email me your immigration query or a topic you would like us to cover today: Kieran@ipcboston.org
Don’t ignore Jury Duty notices
Once again this week we were contacted by an Irish immigrant who had failed to respond to a previous jury duty notice. We were able to assist the caller. We would like to remind readers not to ignore such notices.
If you are not a US citizen, you are disqualified from serving on a jury. On the notice you receive, you may indicate you are not a US citizen. Make photocopies of the biographical page of your passport, noting your passport number. The biographical page of your passport should include your full name, date of birth and photograph.
A sworn affidavit signed can indicate to authorities that you are an Irish citizen and that you are not eligible to participate in a US jury pool.
You may mail all copies along with the jury duty notice in an envelope back to the address on the notice. Use the certified mail return receipt requested service available at your local post office.
False claim to US citizenship
The 1996 immigration acts not only introduced the three and ten year bars for unlawful presence but also made a false claim to US citizenship a crime which makes even those with permanent resident alien (green cards) cards deportable.
You should NOT attempt to participate in jury duty: By doing so you are presenting yourself as a US citizen. To do so may subject you to deportation and a bar from residing in the US.
Expiring green cards
If your legal permanent residency is expiring any time soon, give us a call for information on how to proceed. We provide information on the process and hands on assistance at our monthly legal clinics on these forms.
Free Legal Advice
We will be having another free legal clinic at the Banshee, Tuesday Feb. 7th, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Leading immigration attorneys Chris Lavery and Dan Harrington will be present to answer questions during one to one confidential consultations.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in it is provided to inform generally, and is not intended as a substitute for individual advice. Immigration law is subject to frequent changes and individual circumstances can affect the application of certain legal provisions. For individual legal advice, please contact the Irish Pastoral Centre directly regarding upcoming legal clinics or consultation with an immigration attorney.
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