Selective Service Registration for Naturalization – A male applicant for naturalization should be aware of the requirement of registering for the Selective Service prior to making a request to be naturalized. Men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six are expected to register for the Selective Service. Failure to register for the Selective Service prior to their twenty-sixth birthday could cause complications during naturalization.
How to Register for Selective Service
Men between the ages of 18-26 may register for Selective Service through an online service, mailing a form in, or by calling their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate, if they are a U.S. citizen living overseas. Once registered, they will receive a proof of their registration, which they can offer as evidence to receive benefits like federal student aid, job training, or U.S citizenship.
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
Obviously, registering for Selective Service during the applicable time period is a requirement for naturalization. So, what happens when the applicant for naturalization is a male greater than the age of 26 and they did not register in time?
The applicant would need to demonstrate that they did not “knowingly and willfully” fail to register for the Selective Service. This can be done by preparing an affidavit which states that the failure to register occurred for reasons which were not willful or knowledgeable. The applicant should also request a Selective Service status information letter, which states that they are too old to register for Selective Service.
Remember that failing to register for Selective Service can be a ground for refusing an applicant’s request to naturalize. It is important to consult with an immigration attorney if you are considering naturalizing to a U.S. citizen. Consider setting up a consultation with an attorney at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.
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