It is election season and many non-U.S. citizens are interested in being involved in the election process. We receive a number of inquiries about what election-related activities are permitted by non-U.S. citizens and we republish an article we wrote in April 2008: Foreigners and the U.S. Political Process – Permitted Activities.
In addition, voting unlawfully is a ground for inadmissibility pursuant to Section 212(a)(10)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
False claim of U.S. citizenship or unlawful voting are very serious offenses and may subject a foreign national to severe consequences. Despite the importance and, sometimes, the urge to get involved politically, we urge our readers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent resident aleins to carefully consider their involvement in the political proces.