Citizenship Application: Statute of limitations for failure to register for selective service

I have been a permanent resident before I turned 18 years old. I never heard about selective service until I had reached the over 25 age limit for registering for it, and thus failed to register. I've read that once a man reaches a certain age, the failure to register for selective services would no longer be considered when determining good moral conduct for citizenship applications. However, I've read conflicting accounts of what this particular age needs to be. Is it 31 years and 1 day old, or is it 32 years old? 31 years and 1 day would technically be over the 5 year history requested by the application form, but some accounts say one needs to be 32 years old. Which one is correct?

El Cajon, CA -

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Giacomo Jacques Behar

Giacomo Jacques Behar

Immigration Attorney - San Diego, CA
Answered

The day you reach your 31st birthday.

J Charles Ferrari

J Charles Ferrari

Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

There is no statute of limitations per se. You must prove 5 years of good moral character. Failure to register is generally considered not to be good moral character. The last day you can register is the day before your 26 birthday. Therefore, once you are 31 you should be able to apply.

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Mary Carmen Remigio Madrid-Crost

Mary Carmen Remigio Madrid-Crost

Immigration Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

It is 31. Good moral character is required for the 5-year period immediately peceding your application for naturalization. If you make a declaration that your failure to register with selective service was not intentional, your appication may still be granted.

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