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Immigrants And The Selective Service System

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - While turning 18 is often time for a celebration, for a  young man living in the United States, it also brings certain responsibilities.

For example, when a young man turns 18, he is required by law to register  with the Selective Service System. It’s important to note that this  applies to all male U.S.  citizens and male legal and undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.  who are 18 through 25.

In general, if a male noncitizen is residing in the U.S. before  his 26th birthday, he must register with the Selective Service.

Very Few Exceptions

The few noncitizens who are in the U.S. and do not have to register  include those here on student or visitor visas, and men who are part of a  diplomatic or trade mission and their families.

This requirement applies to dual nationals—citizens of both the U.S.  and another country—as well because they are still U.S. nationals.

It is important to note that the Selective Service does not collect any  information that would indicate whether or not a person is here legally and a  Social Security number is not needed to register.

Possible Penalties

The penalties for failing to register can be serious and far reaching.

A man who fails to register may, if prosecuted and convicted, face a fine  of up to $250,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years.

Even if not convicted in court, a man who fails to register with Selective  Service before turning age 26 may find that some doors are closed to him  forever.

For instance:

• Those who should register and don’t are excluded from  federal student loan or grant programs, including Pell Grants, College Work-Study,  Guaranteed Student/PLUS Loans and National Direct Student Loans.

• Those who want to become citizens are required to register with  the Selective Service if they first arrived in the U.S. before their 26th  birthday.

• The Workforce Investment Act, which is the federal job training  act, is only open to those men who register with Selective Service.

• A man must be registered to be eligible for jobs in the executive  branch of the federal government and the U.S. Postal Service.

• Some states require proof of registration to get a driver’s  license.

Registration is easy. Go to any U.S. post office and pick up a  Selective Service registration card or register online at www.sss.gov.

For additional questions, call (888) 655-1825 toll free.