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HELPFUL TIPS FOR IMMIGRANTS
OUR COMPANY GUIDE TO HELPING IMMIGRANTS REGISTER FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE
Disclaimer: Every year thousands of men lose key benefits for life because they failed to register with the official Selective Service System at www.SSS.gov. Our company wants to help change that and help rapidly increase registration rates across America. We are not the official U.S. Selective Service System. We were created after learning how many individuals do not register each year or experience difficulties with the official U.S. Selective Service System registration and verification process. Our company guide and helpful tips below for registering or verifying your registration is for informational purposes only, based on our experiences, and designed to help immigrants who may be experiencing issues with registering or looking for additional assistance with registering properly with the U.S. Selective Service System. The information below is not official legal guidance and should not be taken as such. You can learn more about immigrants and the U.S. Selective Service System by going directly to the official U.S. Selective Service System's government website at: https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Immigrants-and-Dual-Nationals
Through our company research, we have found that many immigrants may find issues registering through the official online Selective Service System registration form at due to their information not being recognized internally by the Selective Service. As such, we highly recommend that all immigrants also mail the paper-based registration form IMMEDIATELY to them as a back up to ensure you are complying with their regulations. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. Additionally, you can't register through the online method if you don't have a social security number, but you can register by mail by leaving that section on their mail-in registration form blank. You can download their printable form by navigating directly to the following link: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf
Download their form, fill it out entirely, and mail it to their official address listed on the form.
I'm An Immigrant Man, Do I Need To Register?
All men (with few exceptions), including documented and undocumented citizens, legal permanent residents, refugees, asylees, undocumented aliens, parolees, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind between the ages of 18 and 25 are expected to register with the Selective Service System at www.SSS.gov. Proof of registration is also needed for the purposes of naturalizing as a U.S. citizen. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas according to the Selective Service. You should contact the official Selective Service System representatives at if you have additional questions about exemptions.
Even if you think you might be exempt, we recommend you still try to register. Many individuals every year fail to register simply because they thought for some reason they were exempt, when they, in fact, were required to register by law.
I'm an Immigrant Man and Trying to Register Online At But My Information Continues to Be Rejected Even Though it is Correct. What Am I Doing Wrong?
While the U.S. Selective Service System requires immigrant men to register, we have found that many immigrants and individuals not born in the U.S. may have difficulty registering using the online-based method with the Selective Service System due to no fault of their own. This is a very common issue. That is because, based on our research, when an individual registers online at the official Selective Service System, the site seems to reference internal records within their online database to ensure that registration is properly structured and not duplicated. If they don't have your information previously within their records, the online system may return an error not allowing you to immediately register and provide a statement that your "social security number was not recognized" by them. Do not panic if this is the case. If you receive this error when filling out your registration information through the online form at www.SSS.gov, we recommend taking the following steps:
Step 1: Resubmit your registration information into the official online form in case you may have simply miss-typed your information in their online form. Ensure that you have correctly typed your last name, date of birth, and full nine-digit social security number. If your last name, date of birth, or SSN do not all match precisely, your registration information will likely be rejected from registering online. Do not provide your "ITIN" number in the social security number block, as this is not the same thing as a social security number and is not recognized by the Selective Service System when registering. If you don't have a social security number, you can't register through their online system, but you can register by mail.
Many individuals also receive errors because of how they input their last name. For instance, if your last name is typically written as Garcia-Hernandez, the online registration form might not recognize the dual last name in the last name block. If the information is not accepted as correctly written initially, try inputting the information of "Garcia" as the middle name and "Hernandez" as the last name only, as structuring your information this way in their online form may allow it to be recognized by the Selective Service System internal records. If it is not recognized still, a registration error again will be returned and you should proceed to the next step.
Step 2: If your information is still not recognized after multiple attempts and you have received the message indicating you have "exceeded the number of attempts" the Selective Service System allows you to try within a 24hr period, we recommend mailing in your registration form to their offices IMMEDIATELY. You can download their mail-in registration form by going directly here: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf
If their link to download this form is not working or loading properly, you can contact our support team and we can also provide you with their printable, mail-in form via email. Additionally, you can check with your local Post Office to see if they have any hard copy official Selective Service Registration forms available.
Once you have downloaded their form, fill out the information entirely, and mail it to the official address listed on the form. If you don't have a social security number, you can leave that section blank and you will still be registered once the information is received by their offices via mail. This mail-in process can take up to 90 days to be completed but we typically see it being completed by them around the 30-45 day mark. Once it is officially processed, your information will be also be updated in the online system and you will be able to verify your information by going to that their verification link here: https://www.sss.gov/Home/Verification
Step 3: If it is an urgent matter or you are within days of turning 26 years old when you will no longer be able to register, then we recommend that you contact the Selective Service System representatives directly at 1-847-688-6888 and remain on the line to speak with their representatives. Please inform them you are trying to register online but are unable to and the deadline for you to register is getting close. If you call during normal business hours and are unable to get a hold of their representatives, call again until you are able to speak with someone regarding the urgency of the matter. When you mail your form in, you will want to keep a record and documentation that you mailed this form in before turn 26yrs old in the event you receive information back from the Selective Service System indicating you did not receive on time.
I Arrived In The U.S. After The Age of 26 Years Old, I Need A Letter Showing I'm Exempt From the Requirement?
To do this you will need to submit what is known as a "Status Of Information" request to the official U.S. Selective Service System representatives at www.SSS.gov. Only the official U.S. Selective Service System representatives at can determine if you are exempt, you will want to submit as much detail to them as possible to help them make an informed decision on your case. Please see our helpful company guide for submitting this request to them located here: https://www.selectiveservicenumber.org/status-of-information
USCIS Policy Manual and Selective Service
Based on our company's review of the USCIS policy manual, failing to register with the Selective Service System may hinder men while applying for citizenship or filling out Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization.
Question 44 on the N400 form asks if you have registered for Selective Service and to provide your Selective Service number and date of registration. While you may have trouble registering through the online method as explained in the previous section, we first recommend going directly to the official U.S. Selective Service online registration form here: https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Register-Now/Registration-Form. If your information is not accepted online, you should IMMEDIATELY submit the paper-based registration form as a back up to ensure you are complying with their regulations. Failure to do so could adversely affect your ability to properly register and apply for naturalization. You can download their printable paper-based registration form by navigating directly to the following link: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf
Download the form, fill it out entirely, and mail it to their official address listed on the form.
USCIS and Failure to Register For Selective Service
While only USCIS officers are able to make final decisions on naturalization applications and you should consult with USCIS for official guidance however a review of Chapter 7 of the USCIS policy manual states that:
"USCIS will deny a naturalization application when the applicant refuses to register with Selective Service or has knowingly and willfully failed to register during the statutory period. The officer may request for the applicant to submit a status information letter and registration acknowledgment card before concluding that he failed to register."
If you have failed to register during the statutory period, you must show by a preponderance of the evidence that your failure to register was not a knowing or willful act.
USCIS may determine that an applicant is ineligible for naturalization if they knowingly failed to register with Selective Service based on your current age at the time you submit your naturalization application:
Naturalization Applicants Under 26 years old.
If you have not registered with the U.S. Selective Service System or refuse to register with them by this age, you may be ineligible for naturalization. There is still time to register though, please register immediately either online or by mail.
Naturalization Applicants Between 26 - 31 years old.
If you were required to register and never registered with the U.S. Selective Service System by the age of 26 years old, you can no longer register and you may be ineligible for naturalization during this time period. If this is the case, USCIS will allow the applicant an opportunity to show that he did not knowingly or willfully fail to register, or that he was not required to do so. Many applicants have been able to address this successfully by showing they are of good moral character and genuinely did not knowingly or willfully fail to register. To show evidence that you did not knowingly or willfully fail to register, you may want to take the following steps to submit additional evidence along with your N-400 application form:
Step 1: Submit a Status of Information Letter. USCIS officers will ask for this letter at a minimum to accompany your application if you failed to register for Selective Service. The status information letter will indicate whether a requirement for you to register ever existed, such as if you arrived in the U.S. after 26 years old or you maintained a lawful non-immigrants status while living in the U.S. during the statutory period, or other situations that may qualify you for an exemption. This letter is an official letter from the U.S. Selective Service System representatives that you can use for your naturalization application. We have found that it will take approximately 30-60 days to receive this letter via mail. If it is urgent, you can also call the official U.S. Selective Service System representatives Mon-Fri at 1-847-688-6888, remain on the line, and request a Status of Information Letter over the phone.
Step 2: Signed Statement / Declaration. Include a sworn declaration in your application explaining with you didn't attempt to avoid the requirements to register with the Selective Service and why the result of you not registering in time was not intentional. This signed statement should be included in your N-400 application form and accompany your Status of Information letter. Examples of these declarations and signed statements can be found online through a Google search for you to reference when drafting this document.
Step 3: Signed Statement / Declaration from Supporter. Include a sworn declaration in your application from a person of authority explaining with you didn't attempt to avoid the requirements to register with the Selective Service and why the result of you not registering in time was not intentional. A person of authority could be your professor, church pastor (religious authority), local government official who can vouch for your character etc. This signed statement from a supporter should be included in your N-400 application form and accompany your Status of Information letter and personal signed statement/declaration. Examples of these declarations and signed statements can be found online through a Google search for you to reference when drafting this document.
Naturalization Applicants Over 31 years old.
Even if you knowingly and willfully failed to register for Selective Service and are over 31 years old, you are still eligible for naturalization because your failure to register is outside the 5-year statutory period where you are required to show that you are of strong moral character and "well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States." Some applicants find it easier to wait until they reach this age to file their naturalization application if they did not register for Selective Service during the required statutory period. While most USCIS officers are aware of this, some individuals over 31 years old still may want to receive a formal document acknowledging this to present to the USCIS officer handling their file. In this case, the official Selective Service System representatives have created a blanket letter for you to download, print and keep for your records to present to the USCIS on their website located here: https://www.sss.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0Ky-rgZai_Y%3d&portalid=0
Still need help? Use one of our registration assistance forms or contact our company representatives who may be able to assist you further.