N400 and Selective Service – Undocumented Male Immigrants are now required to register for selective service!!

This new new information just came in recently, but is already a confusing topic among illegal immigrants.

All Legal Permanent Residents, who are male and between the ages of 18 – 26 years, are required to register for Selective Service (females are not required to register). If you failed to register for Selective Service you will be unable to prove ‘good moral character’ for the requisite five previous years prior to the filing of your application for Citizenship which will in all likelihood result in the denial of the application.

As a rule of thumb, if you missed the window to register, an applicant should wait until age 32 years before filing a Citizenship application.

Now the Selective Service came out with the following notice:

Selective Service does not collect any information which would indicate whether or not you are undocumented. You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today.

If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It’s the law. According to law, a man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. Selective Service will accept late registrations but not after a man has reached age 26. You may be denied benefits or a job if you have not registered. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

Clients are asking if it is safe to register with the selective service even if one is illegal, I honestly hope that the SSS will keep their word and not report undocumented aliens, this remains to be seen.