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Hi, all

I have been a permanent resident for 14 years. I thought it about time to become a citizen! All the requirements make sense but I am confused, and a little worried, by the one asking for a status letter from the selective service. I had a look and I have absolutely no recollection of doing this, or being asked to do this. What is this? Will this be an issue for me?



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Go online on selective service registration system and see if you’re in it. If not, then worry about it. 

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I just read a thread on this very topic a little earlier on with some heated discussions on what people "should have known". I do hope it doesn't become a worry for you.

Not sure if it is an automatic denial for never having registered or that you have to wait a specific amount of time before you can apply.

someone suggested on the other conversation that you may have to wait until after 31 years of age if you did not register. Not sure if that applies to you and whether or not that actually negates the fact that you may have failed to register. I say may, as others suggest it might have been an automatic process if you were approved for a GC during the required age range..., although 14 years ago how much of anything at USCIS was automated?!

It really should be something that is done automatically, rather than an obstacle to trip you up some years later, having been decent law abiding tax paying permanent residents.

Yes I'm sure there will be many saying we should all look out for things like this and "it's your own responsibility"... "life's not fair" etc. For me that does little to help those in distress at possibly finding out years of living with your nose clean so to say they could shatter your dreams of ever becoming a citizen.


The path to citizenship is not easy, all our situations are specific to us and it's no mean feat for anyone who emerges out the other side with their naturalisation certificate (I applaud you!). Just be wary of the pitfalls!


lets hope for positive news for you or at least a solution, either from folks here or an experienced lawyer.


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