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?
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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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.
Oliver Huiyue Qiu, Esq.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1271, Union, NJ 07083
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