Do immigrants have to register for selective service? I am Jim Hacking immigration attorney practicing law here at St. Louis Missouri. Everyone knows that US citizen males between the ages of 18 and 26 have to file with the selective service. Selective service is the draft that is that young man between the ages of 18 and 26 have to register for the draft and make themselves available to the US Army and Arm Forces in case of National emergency.
Now of course we haven’t have a draft since the 70’s and I think there be a lot of political pressure against ever re-instituting the draft. The fact is that there are people who are required to register for selected service. Like I said obviously citizens have to, males between the ages of 18 and 26 or US citizens do. How about immigrants? Do people here on student visas, or asylum, or green cards. Do they have to apply with selected service as well?
Now mostly with selected service itself is generally pretty straight forward. All you have to do is go online and fill up the form a lot of places let you do it at the Department of motor Vehicles. Registration itself is not that [authorize 00:01:16]. Like I said there hasn’t been a draft in a long time. There’s really no reason to not register with selective service. Where this comes up is when you apply for citizenship.
Because they want to make sure if you were required to apply for selective service that you did in fact do so. All right, the easy way to keep it in mind is that if people are staying in the United States as an immigrants, they have to register with Selective Service. Young man between the ages of 18 to 26 who have their green card, or who came as refugees or who came and obtained asylum in the United States.
All those young men have to apply for selective service and register with selective service. Then at the same time students, or visitors do not have to register for selective service. It’s actually a pretty simple way to keep it in mind is if you’re residing permanently in the United States, either as an asylum seeker, or refugee or green card holder then you would have to register with selective service.
Now of course we always tell people in asylum who got asylum or who would come as refugees to register for green card as soon as possible so they should be doing that anyway, and they should be registering for selected service. All right what happens then when someone wants to apply for citizenship but they never registered with selective service. Well it is a issue that can come up in an interview.
This is definitely one of the things you want to think about when you’re applying for citizenship. You want to make sure that you can check the box that you did in fact register. Now if you go to the selective service system, and it’s www.sss.gov, you can put in some information about yourself and get a determination right there, as to whether or not you didn’t need register for selective service.
One of the things we always do is do that for our clients and include it in the application. Now if you haven’t registered selective service, and you’re required to do so. There are some ways that we can work on the case, and try to develop fax that show that show either you didn’t know that you have to do it, or you’re unaware of it that you have to provide a reason, or explanation to the immigration service as to why you did register with selective service. I suppose if you purposely avoided registering for selective service, that would be a problem but we haven’t have that situation come up yet.
We have had situations where young man went here, they didn’t know they had to apply with selective service and we’re able to get them citizenship non the less. It’s not an absolute bar to it, but it is something that you’re going to need the assistance of an immigration attorney to help you sort out what the requirements were, whether you fulfill it, if you didn’t why not. If you have any questions about this, or any of the other aspects of applying for citizenship.
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