For US Citizenship Application, do I need to write a statement explaining why I did not register for selective service?

Asked 7 months ago - New York, NY

I entered the US when I was 16 under custody of my parents, turned 18, didn't become a permanent resident till I turned 25. I had never heard of the selective service until filling out N-400. What do I do?

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After reviewing the answers of the lawyers, The first step for me in resolving the issue was to visit the https://www.sss.gov/Default.htm, and confirm If I was actually regisitered. Lo and behold I am registered. But this will be useful for anyone else filling it out

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  1. Irene Vaisman

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    Answered . If you are 31 now, obtain a status letter from the selective service. If under 31, still need that letter, but NY District is pretty strict on this requirement so you may want to speak to an attorney.

    Irene Vaisman, Esq. 11 Broadway, Suite 615 New York, NY 10004 (646) 253-0516 This is not legal advice and a... more
  2. Dean P Murray

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    Answered . Provide an honest explanation. You are not the first and not the last person who was unaware of the Selective Service requirement. However, you should *strongly* consider hiring an immigration lawyer to assist you with the process. If you are denied or, worst case scenario, ordered removed from the United States, it may be too late for a lawyer to help you ... even if you wanted to do so. Get a lawyer involved now. Take the bull by the horns. Take control of your immigration process from the outset.


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  3. Huiyue Qiu

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    Answered . A statement could be helpful, but since you probably attended high school in the U.S., simply not aware of the selective service requirement may not be very convincing. Remember even if it is too late to register due to age, you could still be naturalized through the demonstrated willingness to defend the United States. I agree with my colleagues that this could be a ground for denial so be careful.

    Sincerely yours,
    Oliver Huiyue Qiu, Esq.
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    (646) 820-7658 Oliver Huiyue Qiu is a co-chairman of American Immigration Lawyer Association's New York City... more
  4. Stephen D. Berman

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    Answered . You do need a written explanation.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  5. John K Lassen

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    Answered . Need a written explanation

    www.Low-Fee-Immigration-Lawyer.com

    John Lassen 1-877-252-4630

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