I am planning to send my naturalization application next year, but already started reviewing requirements and want to make sure that everything's ready before the window of application time opens up.
The requirement in question:
If you did not register with the Selective Service and you (1) are male, (2) are 26 years old or older, and (3) lived in the United
States in a status other than as a lawful nonimmigrant between the ages of 18 and 26, send:
A “Status Information Letter” from the Selective Service.
Here's the info:
- Came to the US at the age of 23 on an F1 full-time student visa (F1 is considered a non-immigrant visa)
- Got an H1 at the age of 27
- Got the GC at the age of 32
So, before turning 27 (or even 32), I basically wasn't required to register with the Selective Services.
According to the Selective Services website, check out the requirements:
- Who must register chart: http://www.sss.gov/PDFs/WhoMustRegisterChart.pdf
- Need a Status Information letter or not? https://www.sss.gov/Status.html
- Status Info (PDF) https://www.sss.gov/PDFs/PrinterFriendly/StatusInfo.pdf
No status information letters are required from the Selective Service System for:
- Non-U.S. male on a valid non-immigrant visa
F1 Student Visa - if you entered the United States as an F-1 Student, and remained in that status until your 26th birthday, you would need to provide documentation indicating that you were admitted on an F-1 visa and attended school full-time as required. (Acceptable documents for this situation include copies of your I-20 or a letter from the school you attended indicating your full time attendance as a non-immigrant alien).
1 - Does it mean that I can ignore the Selective Service registration?
2 - Or do I have to request a "Status of Information" letter?
I have read a few posts regarding the Selective Service registration but none of them are similar to my situation.
My guess is that since I was here on a non-immigrant F1 visa, then I don't have to worry about registering with Selective Service, but it's best to get your expertise and opinions on this matter.