If you are an American citizen or a permanent resident, you will most likely be summoned to report for jury duty, or your civic responsibiliy to serve on a jury of your peers for a civil or criminal trial. HOWEVER, international students who are non-residents ARE NOT eligible for jury duty. In spite of this, if you still received a letter in the mail requesting you to report for jury duty, you will need to do the following in order to legally excuse your responsibility from jury duty:
1.) If there is an option on the jury duty notice you received in the mail to opt out of jury duty electronically, please follow the instructions (and link) on the notice.
2.) In the letter you received, you may be provided with a phone number to "register" for jury duty. Please call this number and register
3.) After calling the number to register, make sure you are able to arrive at the courthouse at the time and date required
4.) You may have to actually go to the courthouse and excuse yourself on the date requested in the letter. DO NOT FAIL TO SHOW UP. You will need to bring your I-20 and student visa to prove that you're an international student and subsequently avoid jury duty
5.) DO NOT simply ignore the letter. Please call the number to register and then have a plan to excuse yourself
If you have any additional questions, please contact the international student advisor at 818-252-5265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org