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Dual Citizens and the Selective Service System March 14, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Dual Citizenship, USA.
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Men between ages 18 and 25 by law must apply for the Selective Service to retain benefits such as “student financial aid, loans, or grants; vocational training under WIA; government employment; and security clearances” (sss.gov) and to avoid penalties such as “…a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.” (sss.gov)

SSS.gov explicitly states:

Dual nationals of the U.S. and another country are required to register, regardless of where they live, because they are U.S. nationals.
See also Aliens and Dual Nationals – Liability for Service

If you are living IN the USA, you can register here.
If you are living OUTSIDE the USA, you can complete a foreign registration here.

I was asked if I had registered with the Selective Service System, and if I had my card with me when I applied for a US passport. In other words, if I wasn’t registered, I probably wouldn’t have received a passport.After registering for the SSS, they will send you your registration card in the mail, and I believe you get your registration number immediately.

More information: “Selective Service and You: 18? Time to Register!”

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1. renounceuscitizenship - February 11, 2014

Reblogged this on U.S. Persons Abroad – Members of a Unique Tax, Form and Penalty Club and commented:
Taxes are not the only obligations of U.S. citizens abroad. Don’t forget about the “Selective Service” – AKA “The Draft”

2. Petros - February 11, 2014

I saw that the since the time of the League of Nations, there has been an international agreement exempting dual citizens from having to perform military service in the second country where they are not resident. So no duel citizenship in the case of military service. But does the USA respect this? Not likely, as that would diminish its ability to bash its citizens abroad over the head.


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