What’s the new rule?
The State Department decided that #GreenCardLottery applicants must provide their passport information at the time of registration in the program. The passport requirement goes into effect for the 2019 (DV-2021) program.
What information is required now?
As a result of the new rule, the DV Lottery applicant must provide the information from his or her passport. The data required are:
- Passport number.
- Country of issuance.
- Expiration date.
Only the primary applicant’s passport information is needed. The passport requirement does not apply to spouses’ and children. All former requirements for the lottery entry stay the same.
Are there any exceptions to the passport requirement?
Yes. Under a few situations, passport information is unnecessary. The three cases when passport requirement can be waived are:
- When the primary applicant is stateless, OR
- If the person is a national of a Communist-controlled country and is unable to obtain a passport from the government, OR
- If the applicant has an individual waiver approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State, consistent with the passport waivers for immigrant visa applicants.
Therefore, these are the only circumstances under which an applicant can waive the requirement to include his or her passport information.
In addition, when the person registering satisfies any of the three exceptions, he or she must indicate the reason on the entry form.
Why create this passport requirement?
Because of the high level of fraudulent entries submitted to the Green Card Lottery each year, the US State Department hopes that the new rule will help reduce these numbers.
What do I need to do?
If you have a current registration with USA Green Card, you will receive an email notice in the coming weeks. It will remind you to add your passport information to your account. We will also introduce an updated registration form. This allows all new registrations to comply with the new rule. In addition, we will send an announcement to all previous registrants to inform them of the need to provide passport information.