I'm currently a green card holder who originally entered the US on a student visa, married an American and got a green card. I'm now looking to get citizenship, but I'm in a bit of a bind about the selective service requirements.
When I got my green card (in 2002) I had just turned 26 the previous October. I believe that when I first started the application for my green card, I must have been 25 (I was 25 when I got married) and I registered for selective service. However, the selective service has no record of me registering, but I must have done or it would have been an issue applying for a green card (and I distinctly remember registering at the post office). I believe what might have happened is this:
- I was 25 when I started my green card application, so I registered for selective service. However, at that point I was a lawful non-immigrant still so, I'm guessing, I wasn't registered immediately? Does it become pending at that point? Is it even possible to register if you are a non-immigrant?
- By the time my green card process was finished and I became an immigrant I had already turned 26.
- My selective service registration at this point would have been rejected (in which case, letting me know might have been nice) because now I'm too old.
So looking at the
n-400 form, part
Are you a male who lived in the United States at any time between your 18th and 26th birthday? (This does not include living in the United States as a lawful nonimmigrant)
I original checked "Yes", but then realized I had no idea what my selective service number was (for part B). Now I'm thinking I should just check "No" and leave it at that. I was a nonimmigrant until I turned 26, right?
Does that sound right? Should I just check "No" and move on? Or is this something I need to worry about? I had been living under the belief that I was registered up until now.