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SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT


The Military Selective Service Act requires not only male U.S. citizens, but also other male persons residing in the United States between 18 and 26 years of age, to register for the selective service. This requirement includes, but is not limited to both (1) U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND (2) UNDOCUMENTED (ILLEGAL) ALIENS.

According to the 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. Selective Service must also be notified if the man moves.

The U.S. immigration consequences of failing to register can be very severe for some unfortunate individuals. One example is outlined in the following Lighthouse article #76.

The three most common ways to register are as follows:

  1. On-line at the Selective Service System homepage at www.sss.gov,
  2. at any U.S. post office, and
  3. with the Selective Service Registrar at more than half of the high schools in the United States.

If you are not sure whether or not you are registered, you can search the Selective Service records on line at their web site. To contact the Selective Service directly, call them at (847) 688- 2576 or (847) 688-6888.

RELATED LIGHTHOUSE ARTICLES


(#76-04/01/98)
Naturalization and Selective Service

(#97-02/16/1999)
Naturalization Q & A

(#118-01/01/2000)
Adjustment of Status Update

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