Q: Do I need to sign up for Selective Service if I plan to move out of the U.S?
I been living in the U.S for more than a decade now ever since I was a toddler on a green card. However, I plan to move out of the United States permanently, and go back to S. Korea to attend university there because I'm a Korean citizen. The problem is that I will be graduating from high school after I turn 18 years old. Do I need to sign up for selective service even If Im moving out of the country? I did some research online, it says all men have to sign up for S.S within 30 days they turn 18, and late registrations are accepted until 26 years old.
A: In the United States, almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants residing in the U.S. who are 18 through 25 years old are required to register with the Selective Service System. This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind. There are few exemptions, such as men who are hospitalized, incarcerated, or on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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If you are a male and a permanent resident or citizen of the United States, you are generally required to register for Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18 years old. This requirement applies regardless of your future plans to move out of the United States permanently. However, if you already have plans to move out of the country and will not be residing in the U.S., you may still have some options:
Register and then notify Selective Service: You can register for Selective Service as required, and once you have finalized your plans to move out of the U.S., you can contact Selective Service to inform them of your departure. This way, you would fulfill your registration obligation, but the likelihood of being called for military service while living abroad would be very low.
Consult with Selective Service: If you have specific concerns or questions about your situation, it is advisable to contact Selective Service directly for guidance. They will be able to provide you with accurate information and instructions based on your circumstances.
Remember, Selective Service registration is a legal requirement for most males in the United States, and failure to register can have implications for various benefits, including federal student aid, federal job training, and federal employment. It is important to understand and comply with the registration requirements or seek guidance from Selective Service if you have any uncertainties.
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