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Selective Service System, college and citizenship

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I don't remember there being information about being required to sign up with Selective Service System in any step of my immigration process. The name is only slightly familiar but aparently it's a pretty big deal. I am 29 and now just learning, after trying to apply for financial aid for college, that I may be ineligible for that, or a US citizenship, having not signed up for SSS when I was required to.

 

Little background, I am a permanent resident, thanks to my wife. I entered the US March of 2016, three months before my 26th birthday. This timeframe might help my case (SSS is for males 18-25) but I also was a legal permanent resident for two years before that, 2012-2014. (Why I had it twice is probably irrelevant to the discussion)

 

Matter at hand is I now aparently have to try and prove I was unaware of the requirement. It is then up to the financial aid office(?) to make a decision. As for obtaining citizenship, I'm not sure anything can be done.

 

Can there? That's my question. Has anyone encountered the same issue and done anything to remedy it? For being eligible for financial aid, and/or US citizenship?

 

Thanks!

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More specific question for anyone who went thru this: my college asks that I provide a letter from SSS stating if I was registered or not. The request form for that letter says, complete this form only if —insert list of requirements, the one I'm asking about is: "if you wish to make the case that you were exempt from registering". But I'm almost certain I was not exempt. But I do need that letter from them for my case with financial aid.

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Don’t know about college funding implications. 
I don’t understand how people miss this tbh. No one in our family had to sign up yet we saw the requirements for those who do a few times during our immigration process. 
you definitely should have signed up from what you said. My understanding is that this bars you from becoming a citizen until you turn 31, if this is wrong someone feel free to correct. 

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Ok small chance but worth a shot. Call SS and give them all your info. Address of the first place you lived when you moved here. USCIS sometimes registers new PR  (they did my oldest before he even turned 18) 


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I checked with their online tool and they have no records for me. Thanks though. As for 31 years old, I did read about that in passing and will look into it more, thanks. Main concern currently is figuring out financial aid. It is up to the financial aid office, if they believe that me not registering was not intentional. Wish me luck!

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55 minutes ago, HeartOfAllThings said:

I checked with their online tool and they have no records for me. Thanks though. As for 31 years old, I did read about that in passing and will look into it more, thanks. Main concern currently is figuring out financial aid. It is up to the financial aid office, if they believe that me not registering was not intentional. Wish me luck!

https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Why-Register/Benefits-and-Penalties

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/02/failing-register-draft-women-court-consequences-men/3205425002/

 

Not sure it is "up to how sympathetic the financial aid office guy/gal feels towards me". It's about the law - nobody will bend the law because they are sympathetic to you plight.

 

Consult a lawyer. I think the "free advice from an immigration forum from well-meaning strangers" has taken you as far as it should go.

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5 hours ago, HeartOfAllThings said:

I checked with their online tool and they have no records for me. Thanks though. As for 31 years old, I did read about that in passing and will look into it more, thanks. Main concern currently is figuring out financial aid. It is up to the financial aid office, if they believe that me not registering was not intentional. Wish me luck!

Non of my boys (3 of them) show up on the online tool. You need to call them. 


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K-1 & 4 K-2'S
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Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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