Aliens, Dual-Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents-Who Must Register? Importance with USCIS
Registering for the Selective Service, or Military Draft, is a fairly common question asked by aliens, and lawful permanent residents. One reason the issue is important, is that, any male, who is an alien, from age 18 to 25, must register for the U.S. military, (just as all male U.S. citizens in that age range must register), unless the alien is specially in a status or category that is exempt. The failure to register can lead to disqualification for a naturalization applicant.
At present, only MALES are subject to the U.S. Selective Service Registration.
MALE ALIENS who MUST REGISTER for the U.S. MILITARY, SELECTIVE SERVICE are as follows:
Permanent Resident Aliens, LPR's - USC Form 1-551, ("Green Card" Holders)
Refugee, paroled, and asylee status aliens
Undocumented, (Entering without inspection EWI), Illegally present alien
Special agricultural workers (I-9), but not if only seasonally employed.
Disabled, Incarcerated or Hospitalized (When released if before 26), National Guard, Conscientious Objectors,
(These men must register--even though some of them will be excused at a later stage if reviewed).
MALE ALIENS who ARE NOT REQUIRED to REGISTER for the U.S. MILITARY, SELECTIVE SERVICE
- Non-immigrants on visas, (for example, foreign nationals present in the U.S. on a visa for a temporary period of time, and for a particular purpose such as a diplomatic, trade mission, or consular visa and family members, foreign students or cultural exchange visitors (e.g. F, M, or J visas), tourists with an unexpired Form I-94, or Border Crossing Document DSP-150) 2. Alien men in full-time military service in the U.S. or attending full-time service academies. (Must register if released prior to age 26).
AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PIECE OF DOCUMENTATION FOR ADJUSTING STATUS TO LPR OR USC:
(Applying for Lawful Permanent Resident or Naturalization/US Citizenship:)
There is documentation about Failure to Register due to being exempt (i.e. Full time student until 26, or done without knowledge) The link follows.... this documentation should be completed prior to any status adjustment application for a man where it could possibly be an issue.