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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!”


NEXUS and Dual Citizenship March 8, 2009

Posted by Matthew in Citizenship, NEXUS Card.
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NEXUS has allowances in the application process to show that you are a national of more than one country. Having a passport from both the US and Canada speeds things up.

Here is my recollection of the events on the day I got my NEXUS card:

After being pre-cleared for my NEXUS card, I scheduled an interview, and went to the local NEXUS office to finish my application. The two men manning the office: one CBSA (Canada) and one CBP (US). They were both great guys, and I can say that the experience was almost enjoyable. (more…)