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Many first-time immigrants to the United States are unaware of the requirement that all males between the ages of 18 and 26 living in the U.S. must register for the selective service. The selective service is a system in the United States that maintains information on males that are potentially subject to military duty. As of 2008, the names and addresses of over 14 million men were on file.

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) makes registration with selective service a condition for U.S. citizenship. When applying for U.S. citizenship, all males are required to show proof of registration in selective service if they were in the U.S. between their 18 and 26 birthday. Failure to register would result in denial of your U.S. citizenship application because failure to register amounts to lacking good moral character. However, if you failed to register for selective service between ages 18 and 26, you would be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship after your 31st birthday according to a memo from USCIS.  Read memo – 1999 Yates Memo – Failure to Register for Selective Service

If you have been denied for citizenship or plan to apply for citizenship and failed to register for selective service, call our office for a free consultation at 1-877-GAIL-LAW or email us at

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